Brett Burgess and Ilana Broder face the crowds at Stockland Shopping Centre yesterday. They were pleased it was quieter than Tuesday and Boxing Day.
Brett Burgess and Ilana Broder face the crowds at Stockland Shopping Centre yesterday. They were pleased it was quieter than Tuesday and Boxing Day. Chris Ison

Rain drives locals to the shops

WHEN it rains in Rocky people like to shop.

While bumper crowds flocked to the first ever Boxing Day sales, Tuesday’s trade was even bigger.

Stockland Centre manger Brett Leonard said thousands of people flocked to the centre on Boxing Day to hunt down the bargains, but he was surprised to see even more people made Tuesday a family day out.

Mr Leonard said the carpark, cinemas, food court and retailers were spilling over with customers.

Shoppers Brett Burgess and Ilana Broder waited until yesterday to spend some of their Christmas money to avoid the big crowds, but even then they couldn’t escape.

The Sunshine Coast couple were in Rockhampton visiting family for Christmas and said the crowd at the centre was comparable to centres in their home town.

In previous years, there had been a two-day break after Christmas Eve with no Boxing Day trading allowed at all shopping centres.

Manager for Strandbags Marie Taylor said she didn’t know what to expect since she hadn’t traded on Boxing Day before.

“We opened at 8am and had people non-stop all day,” she said.

“It was absolutely huge, and people were trying to come in the store even as we were closing up.”

Some of the top sellers in the post-Christmas sales were pre-made gift packs in Japanese Cherry Blossom at The Body Shop, TVs and games at Dick Smith, Frostie Tea light Family at Dusk, Bart My Life Autobiography at Angus & Robertson, Circulon cook sets at Robins Kitchen, and Essential sheet sets at Pillow Talk, among many others.

Retailers will also see plenty of gift cards being redeemed in the coming days, with gift cards being high on the list for presents this year. Manager for Robins Kitchen, Kerrie Wooler, said the customers started spending in the last two weeks before Christmas.

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