Boxing Day boom at local mall

Dustin Gill
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Some of the longest lineups to be seen at the Town 'n' Country Mall on Boxing Day were at the EB Games store.

The Town ‘n’ Country Mall was bustling with Boxing Day shoppers on Wednesday as Moose Javians braved crowds and cold weather to cash in on bargains.

Some of the largest crowds could be found at electronics stores like The Source and EB Games.

“All the customers always come in and say ‘you’re the busiest in the mall, you have the longest lineups,’" said EB Games manager Curtis Zechel, who has held that position for 10 years. He attributes the success of regularly being one of the busiest stores in the mall on Boxing Day to getting sale flyers out early.

Though he said there were at least 30 people waiting at the store's doors when it opened this morning, Zechel said it had been a bit slower than last year.

“I was expecting it to be busier than this, normally my line's wrapped around almost back to the counter," he said, adding that only halfway through the day, he wouldn’t venture to guess how many people had already been through the doors.

With lineups to the back of the store, Zechel said his job for the day was easy, just helping customers and directing traffic, and that “the people that are working the hardest are my people behind the till, because they're going to stand there all day.”

One of those people in line, Dahlia Williamson, makes her spare change delivering newspapers, but said she was at EB Games using gift cards that she got for Christmas.

“I’m getting the Xbox games Sims 3 and Brave,” she said.

With bags from Warehouse One in tow, Kali Harder said she was also out shopping for an Xbox game for her son before “heading downtown after the mall and just wandering.”

At The Source, manager Denny Bolster had every member of staff on duty to assist holiday shoppers. Bolster said he was hoping to see $30,000 in sales that day. Halfway through the day, the store was about halfway toward reaching that goal.

“An average Saturday during the summer, you’re looking at $200, $300 in sales a day,” he said. “December in general accounts for about 20 to 30 percent of all sales throughout the year, but Boxing Day is the biggest of them all.”

For more information, see Thursday's edition of the Times-Herald.

Organizations: The Source, Xbox, Warehouse One Times-Herald

Geographic location: Country Mall

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