The wheels continue to spin in Gore stores as Christmas approaches.
Despite shipping delays caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, retail sales appear similar to last year’s holiday period.
CrossRoad Cycles owner Richard Pasco said that items such as e-bikes were selling better than last year.
This compensated for a shortage of some types of bikes.
“There’s stock stuck in a container somewhere,” Mr Pasco said.
“It was supposed to be here in November, but it won’t be here until well after Christmas. It’s a little bit frustrating.”
Despite this he estimated that sales were similar to last December.
Shooters World co-owner Geoff Rogan also said his December sales were on par with last year.
“It’s swings and roundabouts,” Mr Rogan said.
A good fishing season had brought anglers into the store, although rabbit shooters were less fortunate.
“Some brands [of ammunition] .. have been hard to get.”
However, people were generally understanding about stock shortages, he said.
100% Selectrix Gore owner and manager Neil Matheson said dealing with Covid-19 was a matter of planning in advance.
Pre-Covid, stock could be re-ordered as it sold but this was no longer the case.
“We’ve had to order ahead .. we work out to three months,” Mr Matheson said.
“Normally we wouldn’t have to carry so much on hand.”
Sales at this time of year were similar to last year.
He recommended that people shop for presents in store rather than online because if items had to be ordered in they might not arrive in time for Christmas.
Expressions for Gifts owner Nicole Gardyne said her store was affected by shipping delays caused by Covid-19 because she stocked items that came from Germany and the United Kingdom.
A bumble-bee printed range of homewares from England was an example of this.
A shipment earlier in the month was to be the last for a while.
“What I have in shop is most likely it until March next year,” Mrs Gardyne said.
However, she had planned ahead and topped up with New Zealand supplies such as cushions and outdoor equipment.
“I’m able to give support to New Zealand-made businesses, which people appreciate.”