Post-Christmas rush drums up business for retailers

AS ANY dedicated shopper knows, post-Christmas sales are the best time to grab a bargain.

And this year appears to be no exception.

After several days of holiday closures, Lismore CBD businesses were bustling with shoppers keen to spend their Christmas money and make the most of sales.

With 13 years' experience working at the family business in the town's CBD, The Jean House manager Ben Gooley said this year's post-Christmas shopping was on track to be a particularly good year.

"It's really good," he said. "Compared to other years, we've been really busy.

"This is our first day open since Christmas so everyone's had a bit of a shopping break and they're pumped to get out there and start spending money again."

Mr Gooley said there was a range of items already on sale with more bargains likely to come as the winter stock rolled out.

"We definitely offer specials post-Christmas, particularly on lines that probably weren't as popular as we'd thought they would have been," he said.

"Button-up shirts have been really popular again (and) board shorts and bikinis are always good this time of year.

"Accessories like sunnies and watches, even leather wallets, are really good, easy presents - you don't have to worry about size and all that sort of thing.

"I think all the shops are back to general trading now, so you wouldn't have to worry about shops being closed. Everything should be back to normal."

The tourism influx through Lismore is at its peak this time of year, with an estimated 5000 visitors expected to roll into town for the annual Tropical Fruits celebrations, which kicked-off yesterday.

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