Chaotic time for shop­pers

Townsville Bulletin - - Holiday Fun - By ADAM WATKIN

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.

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BAR­GAINS . . . Me­gan Sou­vali­o­tis with Chloe, 8, Ti­ahne, 6, and Molly, 1, from River­side Gar­dens

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BIG DAY OUT . . . Narelle Day from North Ward checks out the sales

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