Winnipeg shoppers rush for Boxing Day deals

Ripped-up Christmas wrapping is still crumpled around decorated trees but many Winnipeggers haven't had enough shopping.
Shoppers rush through the doors at Best Buy on St. James Street in Winnipeg at 6 a.m. (Ryan Hicks/CBC)

Ripped-up Christmas wrapping is still crumpled around decorated trees but many Winnipeggers haven't had enough shopping.

It's Boxing Day and the retail rush is on again.

Best Buy staff stand at the ready moments before the doors opened to Boxing Day shoppers. (Canadian Press)

Shoppers poured through the doors at stores long before any sign of sunrise on Wednesday.

Many stores in Winnipeg opened at 6 a.m. and had hundreds of people waiting outside — despite temperatures of –24 C — for the chance to grab a deal and get out of the bitter cold.

And it was shopping with a purpose at  Best Buy, according to CBC News reporter Ryan Hicks, who was on hand for the frenzy.

"No one is leisurely browsing the aisles here," he said. "You're dodging people with carts and huge televisions as they try to get through the checkout and onto the next store."

Roughly 200 people were outside Best Buy before it opened, including one person who braved the freezing temperatures for nearly 12 hours, wrapped in blankets.

'Cult of Lulu'

One of the longest lineups was at Lululemon in Polo Park Shopping Centre.

Some 500 people lined up outside Lululemon at Polo Park Shopping Centre. (Ryan Hicks/CBC)

Close to 500 people stood in a line that meandered along the mall concourse. One woman called it the "cult of Lulu" and made Rice Krispie squares that featured the Lululemon logo.

Another woman, Robin Penner, said she endures the line because the deals are worth it — bargains that can't be found online.

"The deals on the sales racks [are] 50 per cent off, and you don't see that at all during the year," she said.