Warwick shoppers at the ready for Christmas rush
SCHOOL'S out, awards nights and school camps are done and dusted and now it's time for the real Christmas shopping rush to begin.
With only 16 days until Santa arrives, Warwick retailers are buoyant about the coming retail boom.
With Rose City Shoppingworld nearing completion and new stores opening to tempt Warwick shoppers, the excitement of Christmas has been ramping up slowly. Centre manager Jason Gard said they were seeing more people in the centre than ever before.
"It's all coming together nicely,” he said.
"From all reports, retailers have already been doing well and people are looking forward to a good Christmas. It's a really big time of year for not only us but retailers, families and kids, and at the end of the day that's what Christmas is all about.”
At Robins Kitchen, manager Simone Jones said they were already busy.
"We've been getting heaps of stock in and heaps has been going out,” she said.
"There's a really good vibe in the centre, there's an excitement and a lot of traffic, and it's only going to get busier - from now on we'll be run off our feet.”
Over in Sanity store manager Jessica Haynes-Grigg said they were excited about the arrival of the Game of Thrones season seven DVD.
"That's going to be huge, we're open at 7am on Monday to celebrate that,” she said.
"Things have been fairly consistent to now, but things will ramp up hopefully.
"It's an exciting time and people are loving that we're back in Warwick.”
Out in Palmerin St, Toyworld owner Peter Tansky said Christmas was their biggest time of year.
"It always is, buts that's natural given we're a toy store,” he said.
"The last two weeks are always really big for us, and while it's been building since the start of December, we'll be hectic in those two weeks before Christmas.
"There's always the competition from online, but we can often be cheaper and people still love to come in and see and touch the toys they're buying.”
Danny Lyons has seen 35 Christmases at his shop and said he could set a clock by the day he started getting busy.
"December 15, 10 days out from Christmas we get busy,” he said.
"Gift vouchers and clothes are always big for us.”