Record crowds for retail sales

THE retail frenzy that has gripped the region in the lead-up to Christmas is expected to step up a gear today as scores of residents descend on Tamworth’s CBD in the hope of bagging a post-Christmas bargain.

If it is linen you need or high-tech gadgets that you want, you will likely find them – and more – on sale this morning as retailers pull out all the stops to lure customers into their stores for what they promise will be the biggest sale event of the year.

With huge discounts, more than 50 per cent in some cases, it is unlikely to take much convincing for the district’s shop-a-holics or those who have waited patiently for the occasion all year.

It has been a massive week for retailers, with record crowds flocking to the shops on Monday and Christmas Eve to finalise their last-minute food and gift purchases.

Hannah Barnes of bedding and homewares store Adairs anticipated sale crowds would eclipse the “insanely busy” pre-Christmas rush she witnessed on Monday.

“I think post-Christmas sales will be fairly good this year,” she said.

“A lot of people are coming in today and pre-shopping – looking and saying ‘will these be cheaper on Friday’.”

Ms Barnes said gift card sales had also gone through the roof in the lead-up to Christmas and she expected  those to be redeemed during the sale.

JB Hi Fi store manager Michael Monaghan agreed.

“We sell heaps of them,” he said.

“At this time of year it’s the peak time for gift cards so there will be many people redeeming them.”

About 20 staff will be on hand to cope with the predicted crowds, Mr Monahan said.

“We have got some good deals for Friday so we’re expecting good numbers through the doors if it’s not too hot or too rainy,” he said.

“The whole thing with Christmas is that we’ve been running out of stock, 

but we’ve put stock aside for after Christmas so there is a lot of hype around it.”

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