Jessica Schmidt, baby Mackenzie and Nathan Parker Christmas shopping at Riverlink Shopping Centre.
Jessica Schmidt, baby Mackenzie and Nathan Parker Christmas shopping at Riverlink Shopping Centre. Claudia Baxter

City set for shopping frenzy

IPSWICH shopping centres are bracing for a busy few days with thousands of shoppers expected to pour through the doors to finish off their Christmas shopping.

Major retailers are trading late most nights this week and will open on Sunday for what is expected to be a huge Boxing Day sales crowd.

Redbank Plaza's marketing manager Keryn Lovatt said shopper numbers had grown steadily, but this week should be even bigger.

She is expecting Boxing Day to be a massive trading day as well.

“Boxing Day is a guaranteed big day every year. I don't believe the true bargain shoppers will be deterred by it falling on Sunday at all, especially with the offers that are anticipated this year,” Ms Lovatt said.

All major shopping centres in the Ipswich region will open for the traditional Boxing Day sales.

Orion Springfield Town Centre marketing manager Teneille de Jong said they were expecting shoppers to take advantage of the longer opening hours this week.

“We saw more and more people over the weekend and we expect to see more through the week leading up to Christmas,” Ms de Jong said.

“We are open longer hours this week for people to get those last-minute gifts and Christmas supplies.”

Brassall residents Jessica Schmidt and Nathan Parker took advantage of some time off work to buy gifts at Riverlink shopping centre yesterday.

Mr Parker said the extended shopping hours were good for people like him who had not yet finished their shopping.



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