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Shops rejoice

Wednesday, 24th December, 2014

Diane Cotterill shops for Christmas gifts at Browsers bookstore in Argent Street yesterday. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel Diane Cotterill shops for Christmas gifts at Browsers bookstore in Argent Street yesterday. PICTURE: Darrin Manuel

By Emily Roberts

After a very slow October and November, local retailers are breathing a sigh of relief as trading picks up for Christmas.

The final day for any last minute Christmas shopping is upon us and Argent Street retailers and Westside Plaza shops are happy to see it busy.

“Christmas trading is vital to local stores in the CBD,” said Sampson’s Shoex owner Peter Nash.

“After a quiet October and November trade in December has improved at Sampson’s. 

“The consumer dollar is very competitive with technology leading the way but we still have many customers buying gifts or summer product for themselves. 

“We are already on sale with our second pair half price.

“We endeavour to entice the tourists and former locals in town prior to Christmas as they may well have left by Saturday.”

Outback Whips and Leather’s acting manager, Cassie Drust, said the approach to Christmas had been very slow.

“We were worried but it’s started to pick up - it’s been really busy,” she said.

“We specialise in lots of things, so we are selling a bit of everything.

“It was definitely quiet in the lead-up to Christmas.”

Prouds’ assistant manager, Tanya Groves, said the plaza has had a lot of shoppers.

“It’s been great. We have had a lot of high traffic - people are buying up big,” she said. “I think the rush has definitely hit late.”

Prouds had a couple of late nights before the big day.

“I think it is worth it. If we get people coming through it is good.”

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