VERY HAPPY: Kingaroy Shoppingworld centre manager Chris O'Rourke says the Sunday opening really boosted Christmas trade.
VERY HAPPY: Kingaroy Shoppingworld centre manager Chris O'Rourke says the Sunday opening really boosted Christmas trade. Tobi Loftus

Shoppers spend big at Burnett stores

THE Christmas trading period delivered a massive boost to Kingaroy Shoppingworld.

Centre manager Chris O'Rourke said in the final week before Christmas, 70,000 customers walked through the doors of the shopping centre.

"It was incredible, they were massive numbers,” he said.

"We were unsure how it would turn out because of people going away and travelling, but the retailers were extremely happy.

"The last week was just fantastic, the numbers were fantastic. Everyone in the centre was glad to see that everyone shopped local.”

In the four weeks leading up to Christmas, Shoppingworld was open on the Sunday.

"It paid off,” Mr O'Rourke said.

"It steadily increased every week, right up to an absolute knockout on Christmas Eve.

"It went up about 20 per cent each Sunday and then 100 per cent on the fourth Sunday.”

Mr O'Rourke said on Christmas Eve, an impressive 7000 customers walked through Shoppingworld's doors.

"Christmas Eve was just awesome the amount of people that turned up.

"We had excellent crowds and the Sundays were fantastically received.”

For Little Butcher owner Clinton Stretton, the business's second year of Christmas trading was bigger than its first.

"We had a full year of trading before Christmas this time around. Last year we only just started, so we had a bit more business behind us,” Mr Stretton said.

"Sunday trading wasn't huge for us, but it was still really good.”

Mr Stretton said the store at times ran out of stock in the lead-up to Christmas.

"It was busy from the Thursday before Christmas, it was hectic,” he said.

"The numbers were rolling in.

"We were out of stock by the end of Christmas Eve.

"All in all it all worked out. The week was everything we wanted it to be.”

While Shoppingworld was not open Boxing Day, the centre did open for sales on December 27.

"We've got a two-week centre-wide sale, so stores can trade out for the period,” Mr O'Rourke said.

"The Wednesday morning was busy, but we don't open Boxing Day so we miss out there.

"Since then it's been reasonable without being fast. It's quietened down.

"This is the period now where it is generally quiet as people go on holiday.”

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