Bundy prepares for Christmas rush
BUNDABERG businesses are gearing up for the big rush, with only one week of shopping left before Christmas.
Bargara grandmother Angela Vicenzotti completed her gift shopping at Hinkler Central Shopping Centre yesterday in an effort to avoid the crush.
“It has been reasonably busy, but we haven’t had to wait for long,” Mrs Vicenzotti said.
North Bundaberg Lions members have been wrapping gifts in the centre and organiser Coral Mayfield said the work was hectic.
“We started off a bit slow, but it’s picking up. Next week will be just massive,” she said.
Ms Mayfield said there had been a number of popular gifts this year including boogie boards, Wii Sport, jewellery and chocolates.
Hinkler Central Shopping Centre manager Desley Cowley said staff had commented it was “bedlam” in the centre.
“The feedback from the retailers is that it might not be as busy, but people are spending more,” she said.
Sugarland Shoppingtown centre manager Kristina Carlson said there were fewer window shoppers in the centre this year.
“Feedback from retailers has been customers have been planning their Christmas purchases much more carefully this year and arriving with a good idea of what they need to buy during their shopping time,” she said.
It was not just the shopping centres experiencing an influx of shoppers, with many CBD stores starting to feel the panic.
Sweet Moments owner Natalie McLean said: “Last week we started to pick up and this week has gone quite well.”
Ms McLean said the most popular gifts so far this year had been pre-made gift baskets containing wine and an assortment of chocolate.
Those shoppers fearing they may not finish will be pleased to learn that Hinkler Central is open until 9pm every weeknight until Christmas and 9am to 4pm on Sunday.
On December 23 the centre will be open to midnight.
Sugarland Shoppingtown will be open until 7pm every weeknight expect tonight, when it is open until 9pm, and December 23, when it will be open until 10pm.
The centre will be open from 9am to 4pm this Sunday.