Thousands flock to Coast centres to splash Christmas cash
TROLLEYS and credit cards in hand, hundreds of keen bargain hunters flooded through stores hoping to snatch a bargain at the Boxing Day sales.
As $410 million was expected to be dropped in Queensland on the biggest sale day of the year, more than 40,000 shoppers descended on Sunshine Plaza yesterday to join the buzz.
Among the patient crowd was mum and daughter shoppers Debbie and Emma Mckinley who had been at Sunshine Plaza since 7.30am to beat the opening rush at 9am.
Debbie was letting her daughter take the reigns in Kmart saying they were shopping for some cheap birthday gifts.
The Sippy Downs pair travelled to the Plaza early yesterday morning and intended to shop around throughout the day.
Sunshine Plaza centre manager Michael Manwaring said thousands of shoppers flocked to the centre to take advantage of an abundance of sales.
Extra parking spaces and police traffic controls were utilised at intersections to control the flow of people on the Plaza's "busiest day of the year, every year”.
People arrived at the centre in droves, on a mission to get to their store of choice to wait at the front until staff opened the doors.
First-time Boxing Day shopper Tanya Riggall was brought along to the sales by friend and passionate bargain hunter Jade Van Krimpen.
The duo snagged a spot at the front of the Kmart crowd and knew exactly what they were after.
"I'm after some Christmas decorations on sale,” Jade said.
The savvy shopper was already getting prepared for next year and intended to spend most of the day browsing the sales.
Mr Manwaring said the centre was a "special place” on Boxing Day.
Kawana Shoppingworld was also a frenzy of activity with lines of people out store doors.
After a "subdued” year in retail on the Coast, Chamber of Commerce and Industry Queensland's Dan Petrie said the last quarter has seen a big improvement.
"The holiday trade is always a big platform for retail activity but we are seeing a huge lift in recent months,” he said.