Way clear for Boxing Day sales

TWEED shoppers will be able to look forward to Boxing Day bargain shopping following a decision by major centres to open.SANTA might be taking a rest on Boxing Day, but shoppers on the Tweed won't be.

The area's leading shopping centres will be opening their doors and taking advantage of new legislation allowing them to trade on Boxing Day.

Tweed City and Centro Tweed will both open their doors from 10am for postChristmas sales expected to attract massive crowds.

The move has been made legal under legislation that will allow large stores in tourist areas to trade on December 26, using voluntary labour.

Stores in other areas, including the Sydney and Brisbane CBD's, will be forced to hold post-Christmas sales on December 27 - meaning savvy Tweed shoppers can travel north for double the bargains.

NSW Commerce Minister John Della Bosca said because Boxing Day fell on a Sunday, normal legislation did not apply and shops could have traded unrestricted.

"The Government took the view people working in retail should be able to have two consecutive days off over Christmas," he said.

Tweed shoppers have commended local retailers' pledges to open their doors on Boxing Day, no matter how busy they predict they will be.

Tweed City marketing assistant Joanne Wood said they did not expect to pick up business from too many disgruntled city residents, but would address crowd control as a precaution.

"We won't pick up a lot but will have a meeting about the day with retailers shortly," she said.

Murwillumbah's Sunnyside centre has not revealed if it will open on Boxing Day.

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