Shoppers all over the country are beginning to assemble around the malls for Boxing Day bargain insanity, with an exception of Atlantic Canada. All the large retailing stores of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, P.E.I. and Newfoundland and Labrador, are strictly ordered to open their doors until Dec. 27, with a few exceptions in Nova Scotia like booksellers and pharmacies.
Bridget Howling, one of the very first shoppers to enter Chapters in Halifax’s Bayers Lake, asserted that “I had to come down, otherwise everything will be gone by tomorrow.” Only the souvenir shops and stores selling used clothing are allowed to open their doors. It did not take more than few minutes for the parking lot of Chapters to get filled up rapidly, as Boxing Day shoppers reached the retail store to benefit from shopping on the day after Christmas. Another shopper of the same retailer, Rachel Morgan, claims she just needed to buy a few essentials for an upcoming trip. She alleged “I think Christmas just happened” claiming “I think people can wait a couple days.”
One of the few workers returning to work on Boxing Day, Katelyn Jacket, asserts she doesn’t mind to have returned to work right after the holiday. She alleged that “I’m from Ontario originally, and Boxing Day back home is huge on the 26th so it’s a little strange today that a lot of stores aren’t open, but you know a lot of people are still spending it with their families.” Perhaps, the retailers might not be as quiet on the day after Boxing Day on Thursday morning.
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