CASH registers are ringing with a flurry of last-minute spending in Warrnambool as shoppers throw aside the economic gloom to unzip their wallets.
Saturday’s rain brought thousands of shoppers out and about around the CBD, Gateway Plaza, Homemaker Centre and other outlets.
“Busy cash registers are one of the sweetest sounds a retailer can hear,” Liebig Street jewellery shop proprietor and city councillor Brian Kelson said.
“The drought has broken and the volume is building up.
“I think the wet weather helped because there were a lot of people from out of town, many from farms, who came to Warrnambool for shopping.
“CBD parking is still a big topic among traders and shoppers,” Cr Kelson said.
Some of those surveyed by The Standard in Liebig Street Saturday afternoon also mentioned parking costs and congestion, but most were focused on finding bargains and filling their shopping list.