Busy day for some shops

Many Dunedin cafes, bars and food outlets were busy yesterday as shoppers, including overseas visitors, sought out shops that had remained open.

Most shops, including a high proportion of outlets in the two blocks north of the Octagon, and most city shopping malls were shut.

Shane Ross, the owner of Black Rabbit Bakery, in George St, said yesterday was the shop's third-busiest day since it opened five weeks ago.

Staff at several shops, including one selling clothing, said the closure of other shops had added to their customer demand.

Pak'n Save Dunedin co-owner Chris McDonald said overall demand was ''more subdued'' compared to New Year's Eve, but ''full-order shopping'', in which customers bought extensive supplies, was continuing.

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