Shoppers Get Boxing Day Deals in Calgary Stores – Calgary | The Canadian News

Icy roads, freezing temperatures and a pandemic were no match for shoppers looking for Boxing Day deals in Northeast Calgary.

“I have a really nice deep fryer. I saved $ 140. I bought it for $ 80, ”said Doris Kuryk as they left the Sunridge Best Buy on Sunday morning.

About 100 people were in the parking lot, ready to shop at the store when the doors opened at 8 a.m. Sunday, buying everything from deep fryers to laptops.

The store manager said that Boxing Day is still the busiest day of the year at his store, but Black Friday is gaining traction.

“I would say that Black Friday and Boxing Day are becoming more comparable every year. The deals are the best deals you’ll get all year, ”said Cooper Holm, store leader at Sunridge Best Buy.

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The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) said that supply chain problems led to delays in merchandise and, in some cases, products did not reach some stores, so many of the offers are spreading.

“In the run-up to Black Friday and Cyber ​​Monday, many of the promotions that retailers had planned for those two holidays were delayed or carried out for the remainder of the holiday season until Boxing Day and beyond because they had inventory that didn’t arrive on time, “said RCC spokeswoman Michelle Wasylyshen.

The trade association’s annual holiday shopping survey showed Canadians expected to spend more this season than in 2020 and expected to buy in person again, but Wasylyshen said the arrival of the Omicron variant may have disrupted some plans.

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“It really is the perfect storm of trouble right now for retailers. Be it the supply chain, the new variant, the labor shortage. Definitely shocking during the holiday season, ”Wasylyshen said.

Wasylyshen predicts that shoppers and retailers will continue to face supply chain challenges in the new year and possibly 2023.

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