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    Barkly Street, Ararat.

Shop ’til you drop in Ararat

Ararat’s Barkly Street will be buzzing tomorrow as stores extend trading hours to give people more time to find a last-minute Christmas gift.

Ararat Rural City Council has partnered with Greater Ararat Business Network and Ararat retailers to present a ‘Shop ’til you drop’ late-night shopping extravaganza.

Selected retailers will also be offering a door prize to thank customers for spending ‘locally’ this festive season.

Council chief executive Tim Harrison said Shop ’til you drop was about residents buying regionally and supporting Ararat district businesses.

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“We’ve worked with retailers to extend trading hours to 8.30pm,” he said.

“People like the convenience of online shopping but the wait for e-commerce deliveries can make people think twice about ordering online.

“It’s a safe bet heading in-store and walking out with a gift for your loved ones or something for yourself.

“Our retailers have done it tougher than most, so people can feel good about knowing their dollars are spent locally.”

 Among the night’s supporting business is Zest Living, a home and giftware store in the heart of Ararat that supports Australian brands.

Owner Marcia Parry said the late-night shopping experience was a great opportunity for people who worked or parents who were home with the kids to come out and take their time to do their shopping.

“We really appreciate the council and GABNetwork are backing us and helping us out too,” she said.

GABNetwork president Maria Whitford said she was keen to draw everyone out for a late-night shopping event.

“Shop ’til you drop is a great way of checking off present shopping without any distractions – this way shoppers can browse without feeling rushed and leave knowing they have a gift sorted,” she said.

“Ararat’s retail precinct has a range of retailers ready to help you find everything you need for under the tree. 

“We’d love to see everyone come down and support local businesses.”

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