TRURO – Tanya Johnson has some advice for people braving Boxing Day crowds.
The electronics department at Wal-Mart in Truro was extremely busy early Friday morning. People were eager to begin their Boxing Day shopping throughout Colchester County. Monique Chiasson - Truro Daily News
“Know what you are coming for so you can get in and
out,” said Johnson early Friday morning.
The Truro resident was one of many people who rushed to Wal-Mart for the Boxing Day rush. Store officials estimated 60 people were lined up at the store by 7 a.m., an hour before the business officially opened.
Johnson faced the Boxing Day rush to get a TV and Wii.
“I’m here for the sales … I’m not returning anything” from Christmas, she said, adding it’s unusual for her to shop so soon after Christmas.
Nick Richard, a manager at Wal-Mart, told the Truro Daily News the store’s busiest areas Friday morning were electronics and seasonal clearance.
“More people were out this morning than last year’s (Boxing Day) … maybe because the weather before Christmas slowed down people then.”
Besides, said Richard, it’s all about “tradition for people this time of the year.” Year after year hundreds of people can’t get out soon enough after Christmas to pick up sales, return unwanted gifts or purchase items that were not received on the holidays.
Another Wal-Mart employee told this paper that on Thursday, the official Boxing Day, about 300 calls were made to the store asking if it was open for business. While employees were working, preparing for Friday’s sales, the store wasn’t open until the 27th.
For Gerrit van der Poel of Truro it was all about using gift certificates that were received at Christmas.
“The crowds are OK … (and) I like having a choice,” of stock by shopping immediately after the holidays, he said.
Other areas of Truro were busy as well. The Truro Mall had a steady stream of people and many stores had lineups to purchase items, including Coles Book Store.
Downtown Truro had crowds forming as well. Many places were kept busy throughout the day, including Inglis Jewellers, which one employee told this paper it was often “non-stop.”