Bing Lee Wodonga reports more freezer inquiries ahead of second COVID-19 lockdown

BIG CHILL: Bing Lee business development manager Anthony Cowan says freezer inquiries are up as regional Victoria starts a second lockdown. Picture: MARK JESSER
BIG CHILL: Bing Lee business development manager Anthony Cowan says freezer inquiries are up as regional Victoria starts a second lockdown. Picture: MARK JESSER

As North East Victorians braced for their second lockdown within weeks amid the escalating coronavirus crisis, whitegoods are on their minds.

Bing Lee Wodonga business development manager Anthony Cowan said freezer inquiries were already up ahead of the stage three restrictions, which took effect in regional Victoria on Thursday.

Mr Cowan said demand for upright and chest freezers peaked during the national lockdown in March-April.

"Freezer sales are normally quite static but there was a huge spike in the first lockdown," he said.

"We've had an uplift in phone inquiries and online presence already this week.

"It's been hard to keep up with demand for upright freezers but we've got another delivery of chest freezers coming this week."

BIG CHILL: Bing Lee business development manager Anthony Cowan says freezer inquiries are up as regional Victoria starts a second lockdown. Picture: MARK JESSER

BIG CHILL: Bing Lee business development manager Anthony Cowan says freezer inquiries are up as regional Victoria starts a second lockdown. Picture: MARK JESSER

Victoria's abattoirs and meat processing plants will scale back to two-thirds of production under new state government coronavirus regulations this week, sparking meat shortage fears.

Having employed five extra part-time staff in the Albury and Wodonga Bing Lee stores during the coronavirus crisis, Mr Cowan said demand for computers and TVs had soared during the first working from home peak in March-April.

He said the border's ageing demographic - which normally travelled throughout winter - had invested in home renovations instead.

"We've had a massive uplift in kitchen sales," Mr Cowan said.

"People accessing their super early have contributed to the spending activity too."

This story Freezers fly out the door as regional Victoria enters lockdown first appeared on The Border Mail.