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LOCAL RETAILERS OPEN ON BOXING DAY FOR THE FIRST TIME
SAVVY shoppers will be the big winners this Boxing Day when stores across Mt Druitt and St Marys open for the first time.
Rather than drive more than 60km and fight the crowds in the city, people will have the opportunity to shop locally after the Government allowed shops to open on the once-sacred public holiday.
While many business owners are still deciding whether to open, big department stores and smaller specialty shops across the area will definitely be trading.
SHOPPERS are the big winners this Boxing Day when shops in Mt Druitt and St Marys will open for the first time.
The State Government has introduced legislation allowing stores across Sydney to open.
In previous years, only CBD and Bondi Junction shops could open, fuelling the traditional Boxing Day crush in the city outside Myer and David Jones.
Mt Druitt Chamber of Commerce president Reg Murray said the change would give struggling small businesses the opportunity to take advantage of the high demand from shoppers.
“Thousands travel into the city to spend their money on the Boxing Day sales. This gives local businesses the opportunity to keep some of that money here,” Mr Murray said. “There is nothing wrong with that. I think most businesses will open.”
However, St Marys Town Centre manager Paulette Adams said Christmas was a time to spend with family.
“I feel there is enough time throughout the year to shop,” Ms Adams said.
She said the decision to open would come down to each business.
“I’ve spoken to quite a few businesses in Queen St who will be taking some time off over the break to spend with their loved ones, so I’m not expecting a lot of trade on the day.” The post-Christmas shopping frenzy is tipped to break all records this year.
With shops all over Sydney open, the tills across the state are tipped to ring up a $700 million in just one day.
Across the country, shopaholics will splurge more than $2 billion.
Large crowds are expe- cted at shopping complexes across Sydney, open for the first time for the sales.
They include Westfield Mt Druitt, open from 8am, with offers to entice customers, such as the promise of a $20 Westfield gift card for shoppers who spend $150 or more in speciality stores.