Boxing Day is a shopper’s delight and if traffic is any indication, people are flocking to Richmond’s McArthurGlen outlet.
Even though Black Friday sales have slowly been creeping across the border, Boxing Day still reigns supreme for many Canadian retailers.
General Manager Robert Thurlow says today is one of the biggest retail days of the year for the McArthurGlen designer outlet.
“Typically the measure is whatever people were looking at for numbers and sell volumes, they would probably add about 20 or 25% to that and that would get them to Boxing Day.”
And some people were extra eager to score a sweet deal.
“We had people lined up here from 4:30am to get some really good deals, so we had some hard-core shoppers very early this morning.”
Thurlow says the peak hours are expected to be from 11am to 4pm.
Traffic is moving slowly on Grant McConachie Way heading to the airport, so give yourself extra time or take the Canada Line SkyTrain.
Meanwhile, at Pacific Centre, Arash Afrooze was pretty happy about the deals.
“The stuff that I got at Helly Hansen was pretty awesome. This one I got was $420. I got it for $150 bucks. It was pretty awesome. The goggles were 30 percent off. The Helly Hansen long johns were 30 percent off. I think this coat was 60 percent off. So it was good. The deals are pretty good.”
Afrooze, who is visiting from California, says he doesn’t shop on Black Friday but he can handle the Boxing Day crowds.
“Black Friday is probably a little cheaper, but it’s a lot more crazy than what it is here. I never go out shopping on Black Friday it’s just … it’s insane.”
Another shopper, originally from Ottawa, says it’s the environment.
“People are a lot less intense with their shopping here than in Ottawa. In Ottawa, everybody is lined up and everybody here is a little more relaxed.”
Most shopping centres are open until 9pm this evening.
– With files from Kyle Benning and Steve Zhang