Thousands out in force to grab post-Christmas bargain at sales

Bournemouth Echo: Crowds in Bournemouth town centre Crowds in Bournemouth town centre

THOUSANDS of Bournemouth shoppers were out in force to bag the best of the Boxing Day bargains as the post-Christmas sales began.

Queues started building up in the early hours of the morning and snaked around shopping emporiums in the town centre and Castle Point.

Helen Marsh who battled with other shoppers to be one of the first through the doors at Next said: “I was queuing from around 7am and I plan to keep bargain-hunting for most of the day.”

Lauren Rayment who opened up at House of Fraser said: “There were definitely lots of people gathering outside when I helped open the shop at 8am. People were queuing outside lots of shops in the High Street, especially River Island.”

At Castlepoint, they were expecting 30,000 people to visit the shopping centre – with many queuing since 2.30am for the Next sale.

By 8am 1,400 cars had been through the car park, with queues outside Boots and Marks & Spencer.

Peter Matthews, general manager said he expected it to be a better day than last year.

“Monday here was our second busiest day ever”, he said.

“Over 22,000 cars which was only beaten by one day before Christmas in 2004, around the time we opened.

“There were no traffic queues though and we were managing Zebra crossings.

“There were around 50,000 people – shoppers were here throughout the evening and into the night.”

He added: “I think at the end of the day if you went back to the beginning of 2013 we were all very apprehensive and nervous.

“At the end of the year we will feel we have done better than we expected. Hopefully 2014 will carry on that recovery.”

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6:39pm Thu 26 Dec 13

keith milton says...

so sad,

the brainwashed herd are beyond help,

we are doomed.
so sad, the brainwashed herd are beyond help, we are doomed. keith milton

6:47pm Thu 26 Dec 13

keith milton says...

OBEY..........CONSUM
E.........NEVER QUESTION AUTHORITY..
OBEY..........CONSUM E.........NEVER QUESTION AUTHORITY.. keith milton

9:10pm Thu 26 Dec 13

trolley says...

Shallow brainless fools its just stuff and next especially drag out the garbage they cant sell through the year

l
Shallow brainless fools its just stuff and next especially drag out the garbage they cant sell through the year l trolley

10:45pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Cosmic Crusader says...

When will people realise that the vast majority of these "sale" items are being sold at the price they were manufactured to sell at. No retailer worth their salt would have such large volumes of stock to sell at prices which appear to leave them little, if any, profit. Buyer beware, as they say.
When will people realise that the vast majority of these "sale" items are being sold at the price they were manufactured to sell at. No retailer worth their salt would have such large volumes of stock to sell at prices which appear to leave them little, if any, profit. Buyer beware, as they say. Cosmic Crusader

1:38am Fri 27 Dec 13

whataboutthat says...

Thanks Jenny and Katy - did you manage to bag a bargain set of something while you were in town? Terrific journalism. Worth the student debt? Thought not. Better find some bean counter at Morgan Chase for a kiddy pass into a home and garden fantasy. Some Kath Kidston and a fitted kitchen. Pip! Pip! Happy New Year.
Thanks Jenny and Katy - did you manage to bag a bargain set of something while you were in town? Terrific journalism. Worth the student debt? Thought not. Better find some bean counter at Morgan Chase for a kiddy pass into a home and garden fantasy. Some Kath Kidston and a fitted kitchen. Pip! Pip! Happy New Year. whataboutthat

8:35am Fri 27 Dec 13

Jetwasher says...

Lemmings !
Lemmings ! Jetwasher

9:00am Fri 27 Dec 13

spooki says...

When I started work at 7am at a store in Castlepoint I'd see mums carrying their Next purchases as well as a sleepy child in pyjamas they'd dragged out of bed to bring to a stupid sale. Priorities?
When I started work at 7am at a store in Castlepoint I'd see mums carrying their Next purchases as well as a sleepy child in pyjamas they'd dragged out of bed to bring to a stupid sale. Priorities? spooki

12:44pm Fri 27 Dec 13

kingstonpaul says...

For many, consumption is, alas, their highest form of human expression.
For many, consumption is, alas, their highest form of human expression. kingstonpaul

4:28pm Fri 27 Dec 13

O'Reilly says...

They have found their higher plain....materialism
. They'll be getting plenty of opportunity to repeat the process until they get it right... lol
They have found their higher plain....materialism . They'll be getting plenty of opportunity to repeat the process until they get it right... lol O'Reilly

5:11pm Sat 28 Dec 13

hamworthygirl says...

wish i had the cash to visit the sales, not really i will be avoiding the shops till next week at least
wish i had the cash to visit the sales, not really i will be avoiding the shops till next week at least hamworthygirl

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