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Early Christmas surge as shopping confidence returns

Ella Knudsen,3, playing on Santa's chair at Grand Central Shopping Centre.
Ella Knudsen,3, playing on Santa's chair at Grand Central Shopping Centre. Bev Lacey

IT IS shaping up to be a bumper Christmas for Toowoomba retailers.

After a tough two years, consumer confidence is beginning to return as city shoppers start opening their wallets.

Store manager Sandra Flack from Dusk at Grand Central said the silly season had already started.

"It has been really crazy for at least the past two weeks," Ms Flack said.

"People have been shopping much earlier this year.

"I think people are planning their shopping experience in advance rather than just jumping in and purchasing items at the last minute."

 

GRAND CENTRAL NEW RETAILERS

  •  Pure Indulgence
  •  Bed Bath n' Table
  •  Pandora
  •  Phone Adore
  •  Pascoe Jewellers
  •  Massage Philosophy
  •  Discount Drug Store

Ms Flack said there was a positive vibe in the store compared to a year ago.

"There is a lot of consumer confidence around this year.

"Everyone who walks into the store has a good positive vibe and there is a good feeling around the place," she said.

"However, there are still a lot of people who have said that they are going to watching their pennies this year."

Grand Central centre manager Shaine Beveridge said Christmas shopping had started earlier than usual this year.

"The centre will be welcoming four new retailers in time for the Christmas trade with Phone Adore, Pascoe Jewellers, Massage Philosophy and Discount Drug Store opening next month," Mr Beveridge said.

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"They join other recent arrivals to the centre including Pure Indulgence, Bed, Bath n' Table and Pandora - all of which are new to the Toowoomba region.

"Christmas festivities will start with the arrival of Santa on Saturday and the launch of the centre's Christmas catalogue," he said.

Clifford Gardens shopping centre manager Judy Ernst was contacted in relation to this story but said preliminary data was not yet available.

In an Australian first, retailers nationwide are set to cash in on the country's first online mega sale next week.

The 'click frenzy' idea was born in the United States and resulted in the single biggest online shopping day in history.

CLICK FRENZY FAST FACTS

  •  About one million shoppers are expected to participate
  •  More than $10 million is expected to be spent
  •  Discounts range from 15 to 90 per cent
  •  Sale will last for 24 hours starting on Tuesday, November 20 from 7pm
  •  Online at www.clickfrenzy.com.au
  •  Major retailers include; Myer, Target, Dick Smith, Saba, Sportscraft, Dan Murphy's Jeanswest Clinique and Bras'n'Things.
  • Inspired by Cyber Monday. Launched in the US in 2006, attracted 10 million shoppers who spent more than $1.22 billion last year.

Topics:  business, confidence, retail, toowoomba




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