Joanne Hannah, manager of the Athlete’s Foot at Lismore Shopping Square, and Lismore Square manager Geoff Gooch busy preparing for today’s traditional Boxing Day sales.
Joanne Hannah, manager of the Athlete’s Foot at Lismore Shopping Square, and Lismore Square manager Geoff Gooch busy preparing for today’s traditional Boxing Day sales. Cathy Adams

Shoppers in the box seat

RETAILERS on the Northern Rivers will be vying for their share of the $14 billion expected to be spent across Australia today during the traditional Boxing Day sales.

And the sales are going to be ‘better than ever’, according to National Retail Association executive director Gary Black.

“There has been a tendency for people to save rather than spend this year, but the Boxing Day sales will be good,” he said.

“All categories of retail will be trying to participate in the sales, particularly if they’ve had a difficult year.

“Retailers have to take this opportunity, so buying conditions have never been better for consumers.”

Lismore Shopping Square manager Geoff Gooch said the centre would have plenty of savings on offer for eager shoppers.

“I think we all want a bargain,” he said.

“But it’s hard to say whether this year’s Boxing Day sales are going to be bigger than last year, because last year we had the stimulus package.

“Our Boxing Day sale is promoted pretty heavily, and the tenants have been very busy planning for it.

“The place will be ablaze with super specials.”

Jenny Giuffrida, from Ballina Fair management, said although they did not have a whole-of-centre promotion, there would still be plenty of bargains.

“Most of the retailers are having sales,” she said.

The shopping will be alittle bit quieter in Casino, according to Casino Chamber of Commerce president Michael Greentree.

“Some of the shops will be open, but I think most will be having their big sales in the New Year,” he said.

According to a new survey from the Australian Retailers’ Association and American Express, most people will spend about $250 at the Boxing Day sales.

Topping the list of things to buy is clothing, followed by homewares, electronics and manchester.

Boxing Day trading hours for the region:

Lismore Shopping Square: Most shops 9am to 5pm, but Kmart open from 7am until 6pm.

Ballina Fair: Most shops open 10am to 3pm, but Target will be open from 8am until 5pm, and Big W open from 9am until 5pm.

Ballina Central: 9am to 5pm. Hours may vary.

Kmart Ballina: 8am to 6pm.




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