Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Retailers Brace for Shopping Scramble; All-Too-Familiar Search for Right Gift One Week before Christmas

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Retailers Brace for Shopping Scramble; All-Too-Familiar Search for Right Gift One Week before Christmas

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Shakira Sellen

shakira.sellen@dailymercury.com.au

HOURS

Caneland Central (this week): Mon-Wed: 9am-5.30pm, Thurs: 9am-10pm, Fri: 9am-9pm, Sat: 9am-5pm, Sun: 10am-5pm

Mount Pleasant Shopping Centre (this week): Mon-Wed: 8am-9pm, Thurs: 8am-midnight, Fri: 8am-9pm, Sat: 8am-6pm, Sun: 8am-6pm

City Centre shops have no set extended shopping hours, so contact the stores directly

SHOP owners in Mackay are bracing themselves for an inundation of customers as the final week of Christmas shopping begins today.

Extended trading hours are in place at shopping centres in Mackay to ensure shoppers have plenty of time to buy last-minute gifts.

Gametraders owner Grant McDermott said customer numbers had picked up last week.

C[pounds sterling]ItCOs really crazy at the moment,C[yen] Mr McDermott said.

C[pounds sterling]In the last three or four days it (customer flow) has almost doubled.

C[pounds sterling]We expect it to double again from here onwards. …

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