Rodney Times : December 7th 2010
www.rodneytimes.co.nz Tuesday, December 7, 2010 Hopper Developments Ltd Phone now on 09 427 0090 or 0800 629 476 • 65 Tauranga Place, Orewa • www.maygroveorewa.co.nz View us on Trade Me Properties Apartments from $220,000 Want the ultimate lifestyle? Poised for Xmas rush For the kids: Orewa resident Danielle Hape with cousin Summer Rose-Campbell. ''I will be spending Christmas with family up north near Whangarei. We always buy presents for the kids, but not really for the adults.'' Cruising: Lynne Powell of Orewa. ''This year I'm going on a cruise with my husband to Noumea for eight days. My sister-in-law and niece are also coming on the same cruise. I've already done the shopping for the grandchildren.'' Family time: Wellsford's Michael Caccia-Birch with mum Val who lives in Snells Beach. ''We are going to spend Christmas together as a family,'' Val says. ''Everyone buys presents for everyone in our family,'' Michael says. ''I've already finished all the shopping. Most of it was done at Albany because of the good price deals they have.'' Beachy: Orewa's Ingrid Quickfall. ''I'll be spending Christmas with family and we will probably go to the beach. I know specifically what I am going to buy before I go shopping and usually go to Orewa or Albany for gifts.'' By CARALISE MOORE CHRISTMAS is less than three weeks away and this year has all the hallmarks of another last-minute dash for retailers. Retail figures show residents have been slower to spend on high ticket items and are just starting to buy smaller presents and stock- ing fillers. There is a stir in the north- ern areas around Warkworth and Wellsford, but Wark- worth Business Association retail leader David Hall says members are facing lower than usual sales volumes. It may be the increase in GST but the pick-up is coming later this year, he says, encouraging people to shop locally. Destination Orewa Beach s Leanne Smith agrees. It has been quite slow but it s been the same for North Shore businesses, Ms Smith says. Firms which have less expensive products are pick- ing up. Some like Orewa Care Chemist that have held Christmas evenings for their customers have had huge suc- cess. They say it was the biggest sale night they have ever had, Ms Smith says. With a lot of people feeling vulnerable about job security it seems many are hesitant to spend. Most retailers are expecting the big shopping boom about two weeks before Christmas. Primary schools last day is on December 20 and most col- lege juniors finish on Decem- ber 14. When Christmas is on a weekend people have to go shopping after work or squeeze it in. They tend to shop locally if that happens so we will find our sales pick up, Ms Smith says. Orewa businesses are run- ning a Win a Shopping Spree promotion with anyone who spends in the town centre able to enter the draw to win $500 of vouchers and $1000. The first weekly draw was won last week by Herman and Olga Olivier. A late shopping bonanza is also expected by Helensville businesses. People will find good bargains at many shops with- out the need to travel to larger centres and malls, Helensville District Business Association chairman Matt Hampton says. He believes a late finish for workers and schools will see a last-minute flurry. Many people are working in the week up to Christmas so they might delay shopping until they get their holiday pay. Shopping malls like Westfield Albany and Westgate tend to pull in thou- sands of people with late night hours and Christmas specials. They also host Santa daily to keep children entertained and add to the Christmas cheer. Saving on gift wrapping with a free service at most shopping malls is a bonus. Some shops offer the service too. The New Zealand Retire- ment Commission says mak- ing the most of such services helps keep Christmas costs down. Other suggestions include having a shopping list to avoid impulse purchases, set- ting a spending limit for each person and asking family to bring food to share on Christmas day to keep grocery spending down. Local businesses are hoping the weather stays warm because many residents prefer to shop in their neighbourhood on sunny days rather than in shopping malls.
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