Residents of NSW can now shop anywhere on Boxing Day
You can now shop without stress.
Boxing Day is one of Australia's biggest sale days, so it would surprise many to find that until late last year it was illegal for almost all stores in NSW to open on 26 December. A few select locations in the Sydney CBD and the East of Sydney were allowed to open while all other stores had to close leaving those living anywhere outside of these areas unable to access the in-tore sales.
The laws were changed around mid-October 2015, after many retailers has already put a plan in place for trading plans during the holiday season. So while it became officially legal for stores to open many still chose not to trade and the sales were not as competitive.
But this year, the trading laws have been in place for over a year and many stores have been preparing for Boxing Day for weeks. Many of the major stores in NSW have extended their opening hours with some open from 7am until 9pm, especially in the city. Massive centres like Westfield Parramatta will be open from 7am until 7pm and selected David Jones stores like the store in Chatswood will be trading from 7am until 10pm. You can see a list of the trading hours of the major malls here.
These extended opening hours and sales participating are driving retail competition, not just in store but online too. We've seen many stores actually start their Boxing Day sales ahead of time in an effort to get a head start on their competition. Stores like Forever New, Seed Heritage and THE ICONIC have end of season sales live right now stirring up an early Boxing Day frenzy. All in all, we're expecting to see a Boxing Day that offers a lot of value for consumers.