Margaret Ware, from Sydney, shops for Christmas trim.
Margaret Ware, from Sydney, shops for Christmas trim.

Boxing Day sales draw hundreds

THOSE “stranded” in Warwick have turned being stuck into a bargain hunt with hundreds of people converging on Rose City Shoppingworld for Boxing Day sales.

Yesterday saw the closure of major highways in and out of Warwick due to flash flooding translated into an extended stay – and much-needed revenue - for some traders – for some people in the Rose City.

Flooding at Killarney meant the Rose City Shoppingworld’s centre manager Jason Gard and marketing manager Stevie Brennan were unable to reach their workplace and couldn’t release foot traffic figures yesterday.

“It looks like those figures won’t be released until at least tomorrow because we can’t get to Warwick from our homes at Killarney,” Mr Gard said.

While the centre’s boss was unable to get to work, shoppers like Aimee Van Der Hulst and Annaliese Giegerl took time to peruse sale items which included handbags and groceries.

“We were out looking for bargains but best buy we had seen was for steak,” Miss Van Der Hulst said.

Also pounding the shopping aisles was Margaret Ware, from New South Wales, who kept herself busy finding post-Christmas buys after road closures forced her to stay in Warwick for an extra night.

Fellow shopper Kate Mahony, from Brisbane, said her family arrived in Warwick on Christmas Day but was now “stranded and trying to get back home”.

Water was not only a hazard for motorists but for shoppers with several areas of Rose City Shoppingworld’s roof dripping with rain from a heavy downpour.


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