Shoppers find top gear on sales day

SOLD: Burnie Autobarn retail assistant Nathan King with a couple of the popular items that raced out the door on Boxing Day. Picture: Stuart Wilson.

BURNIE Autobarn had its biggest Boxing Day sale in 18 years, with cars parked right up to the door to get a post-Christmas bargain.

“Our Boxing Day was unbelievable. The actual front of the door where the road is, it was pretty much blocked off, there were just cars parked everywhere,” Autobarn retail assistant Nathan King said.

Mr King estimated a 150 per cent increase in the numbers of people coming through the door from last Boxing Day, with customers lining up from 8am.

“We extended our opening hours – normally on the public holiday it’s open 10am to 4pm and then on Boxing Day we were open from 8.30am till 7pm,” he said.

Despite its bumper Boxing Day, the record figures will only round up what has been a slow start to the festive season.

“It brought us up to where we need to be. We’ve had one of those years where it’s been good but we’ve been down with the number of people that have come through the doors,” Mr King said.

“It’s helped us a lot because things haven’t been exactly the best over the last couple of years – this year has been a little bit harder.”

Customers throughout the year have been making the most of the front-page specials – but shopping, and spending less.

“One thing we’ve noticed throughout the year is a lot of people have been shopping for the massive specials,” he said.

“We were expecting to have a bit bigger start to December, which we didn’t have.”

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