Stonnington Council make a killing as shopping frenzy continues on Boxing Day
Fri, 26 Dec 2008 02:44 pm By
Boxing day 2008 at Chadstone Shopping Centre had all the signs of a traditional boxing day sale, with most shops offering discounts of between 30% and 65%. Many customers waited until after Christmas to take advantage of the mass-markdowns on offer. Crowds were as strong as the pre-Christmas sales. Some of the smaller stores had to resort to making customers queue up outside the shopfront
to avoid overcrowding and the possibility of theft.
Over 50,000 shoppers flowed through the doors this morning according to Stephen deWaele, the Centre's Manager. At least 50,000 more are expected to visit the centre by close of business at Midnight.
Popular stores included the retail giants Myer and David Jones, whilst smaller clothing and boutique stores also proved to be winners as shoppers looked for heavily discounted sale goods.
Dozens of motorists have been fined for unwittingly parking in the surrounding streets of Chadstone Shopping Centre, especially along the section of Capon St running alongside the Coles multilevel carpark and the adjoining Middle Road service lane. With most of the internal carparks full, frustrated shoppers are looking elsewhere for parking without ascertaining whether parking restrictions apply or not. Council parking inspectors have been patrolling the area all day, and at times all vehicles parked along Capon Street without a valid Stonnington parking permit
were booked for being illegally parked. The pentalty is $113.00
The Centre will be open until midnight on Boxing day. Shoppers are strongly advised look twice before they choose to park in the surrounding areas or risk receiving a parking fine under Stonnington's by-laws.