Shoppers turn out early for 'Boxing Day' deals

Harry Sullivan
Published on December 27, 2012
The electronics department at Walmart in Truro was a busy place this morning as shoppers turned out to take advantage of the bargains. HARRY SULLIVAN TRURO DAILY NEWS

Shoppers throughout the Truro area began lining up early for ‘Boxing Day’ bargains on Thursday morning in an effort to take advantage of retail sales of up to 50 and 60 per cent off.

“It s busy so far,” said Nick Richard, manager of the Truro Walmart store, which opened its doors at 7 a.m.

“Yeah we had a few people lined up. I didn’t get a count on it, there was probably 20, 25 people,” Richard said.

“It’s going really well this morning.”

He said shoppers were taking advantage of clear-out prices on Christmas-related items and specially priced Boxing Week sales on electronics.

Bart Hinze, owner of the Canadian Tire store in Truro, said he was also pleased with the early shopping activity.

“We opened at eight this morning,” Hinze said. “There were people in the parking lot (when the doors opened) but it’s really picked up now. It’s pretty brisk down there, so I don’t know if everybody’s coming in early to beat the storm or if it’s going to be like that all day,” he said.

“Everything is moving.  People are looking for bargains. We’re selling a lot of tools, tool boxes and I seen about four T.V.s  going out this morning.”

Liz Toole, co-owner of Above and Beyond Home Décor on Inglis Place in Truro’s downtown core, said a couple of shoppers who had driven in from New Glasgow were waiting for her doors to open at 9 a.m.

“This morning was crowded,” she said, adding that besides the fairly large numbers of out-of-town shoppers, she had seen, local shoppers were also turning out to take advantage of her prices, some of which had been reduced by 50 per cent.

And those prices are in effect until closing time today, which has been extended until 9 p.m. to give shoppers more opportunity to reap the available savings, Toole said.