10:30 p.m., Dec. 26)
shoppers take advantage of Boxing Day sales
A early bird Boxing Day shopper leaves the
Future Sop store with his pûrchases
in tow. Stores throughout Orleans reported
doing brisk business on the busiest shopping
day of the year. Fred Sherwin/Photo
Day shoppers hoping to get a jump on the competition started
lining up outside the Future Shop store on Innes Road
at 5:15 a.m.
not very early by Boxing Day standards, but givien the
chilling overnight temperature it was plenty early enough
for those standing in line. By the time the doors opened
at 6 a.m. the crowd had swelled to over 100. Inside, the
98 employees got a last minute pep talk from the general
manager before manning their posts.
first people in line were Richard Steele and Celia Thomas
who bought a 42-inch LED television for Thomas' mother.
was definitely a spur of the moment thing. We saw the
flyer yesterday and decided to buy a flat screen for my
mother-in-law," said Steele.
couple saved about $400 on the purchase.
Neilson also came out early for a great deal.
The 35-year-old Blackburn Hamlet resident had been holding
off on buying a home theatre system for three months.
knew I could get a ton of money if I waited until now.
I can't wait to get it home," said Reid who saved
over a $1,000 on a flat screen, AV receiver and surround
the parking lots along Innes Road were jam-packed with
bargain hunters, Place d'Orleans was extremely busy as
well. Stores with "Up to 70% off" signs in the
window saw a steady stream of business
purchasers came with gift cars in hand, eager to cash
them in. The Coles book store, the HMV and EB Games have
always been a popular Boxing Day destination.
Dignard from Orléans, used his $50 HMV gift card
to buy a DVD box set.
parents gave it to me. It's great. I bought a box set
and I still have a bit left on the card," said Dignard.
pre-Christmas sales down from past years, many businesses
were hoping to bounce back during Boxing Week. Judging
from the crowds on Wednesday, they may get their wish.
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