Corey Dugdale has his work cut out for him on one of the busiest retail days of the year. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times
Corey Dugdale has his work cut out for him on one of the busiest retail days of the year. Photo Kate Darvall/ South Burnett Times Kate Darvall

Shoppers were boxing clever

KINGAROY'S Harvey Norman expected to do two-and-a-half-weeks' worth of trade in one day due to eager Boxing Day shoppers.

The store opened at 8am to a bunch of enthusiastic shoppers anticipating the huge sales.

"Other stores that haven't opened their doors on Boxing Day are missing out," store manager Damian Corkett said.

"If they calculate what two weeks of their own trade would be, that's what they're missing out on."

Mr Corkett said he understood retailers wanted time for family, and the cost of staffing on a public holiday was high, but "it's a massive retail trading day, and if you're in retail, that's part of the business".

It is the fifth year Harvey Norman has opened on Boxing Day, and last year was by far the busiest, he said.

"Last year's Boxing Day sale doubled the previous years, so I'm excited to see how we go again this year."

The most popular items so far this year were expected to be dishwashers, pillows, food processors and vacuum cleaners.

"It should be washing machines because we've got 265 of them," he said.

Mr Corkett said he expected to sell all of them by the end of the sale.

One shopper said he was keen to take a dishwasher off their hands.

"Our dishwasher started to play up last week, and the Boxing Day sale just fell at a convenient time," Darren Wickson said.

Mr Wickson said he bought a mattress, vacuum, TV, oven and dishwasher all in the one day.

Mr Wickson was there with his two friends Ash and Rebecca King, who needed to start furnishing a new house from scratch.

Mr and Mrs King said they only moved to Kingaroy two weeks ago and were in the market to buy a dining set, couches, an outdoor setting, as well as furnishing two bedrooms and a bathroom.

While shoppers were feeling the pressure to stay on top of their purchases, Harvey Norman employees were feeling the pressure too.

Employee Corey Dugdale said it was the busiest he had seen the store since he started the job last year.

"I felt a bit unprepared when I walked in today, but quickly picked up my game when I saw how busy the store was," Mr Dugdale said.

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