Chaotic time for shoppers
FOR the twin cities, the day after Boxing Day is the biggest sale trading day of the year.
Yesterday shopping centres across the twin cities were jampacked with many shoppers having to park several streets away from centre car parks.
While some stores in the CBD remained closed, Stockland, Willows and Castletown boasted large crowds.
Shoppers described one centre as busy and chaotic while others enjoyed the massive markdowns.
‘‘It’s crazy, there’s thousands of people here,’’ Stockland shopper Jaryn Collier, of Kirwan said.
‘‘It’s real busy — you put shoulder hits on everyone you pass. I couldn’t even find a car park. We had to park several streets away so we had to walk here.’’
Stockland Townsville centre manager Patrina Bowtell said a large crowd had gathered in front of the doors before the store had even opened.
‘‘Traffic was up on previous years, I guess everyone wanted to take advantage of the postChristmas sales,’’ Ms Bowtell said.
Exchanging Christmas gifts was also the reason many turned out to shop.
Castletown Shoppingworld centre manager Alan Grant said a 20m line-up of shoppers waited out the front of Target yesterday morning to exchange gifts.
‘‘Trading went from nine to six today, it was pretty good, so we definitely kept the retailers happy,’’ Mr Grant said.
Some bargains seemed too good to be true.
A t W i l l o w s S h o p p i n g t o w n , Prouds Jewellers and Katies offered 50 per cent off storewide and Sussan offered 30 per cent off sale stock.
Willows Shoppingtown marketing manager Natascha Duerr said a crowd waited out the front of Willows at 8.15 in the morning.
She said Willows experienced a very busy morning but it was nothing like the chaotic scenes exp e r i e n c e d d o w n south.
BARGAINS . . . Megan Souvaliotis with Chloe, 8, Tiahne, 6, and Molly, 1, from Riverside Gardens
BIG DAY OUT . . . Narelle Day from North Ward checks out the sales