GALLERY: Shellharbour hit by shopping stampede

Retailers at Stockland Shellharbour were today swamped by a stampede of shoppers eager to spend up big at the Boxing Day sales.

Although the queues seen in Sydney’s major shopping precincts were absent from Shellharbour, crowd numbers picked up from a trickle early in the day to a flood by mid-morning.

Warilla mum Kaylie McCormack beat the crowds and manage to snag a good car park - a feat that became increasingly difficult as the day progressed.

‘‘We got up here really early, we got a good car park, then about 9am or 10am a million people arrived,’’ she said.

Clothing and electronics were among the most popular items sought by shoppers, with stores such as JB Hi-Fi and Parliament Clothing bulging with customers.

Shopping centres across the rest of the region will open for post-Christmas sales on Thursday.

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