Queensgate to open on Boxing Day this year

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PETERBOROUGH'S Queensgate shopping centre has announced it will be opening on Boxing Day for the first time in its 25 year history.

PETERBOROUGH'S Queensgate shopping centre has announced it will be opening on Boxing Day for the first time in its 25 year history.It is hoped the tills will be jingling on December 26 as shoppers take the unique opportunity to bag a bargain before the New Year sales take hold.

The centre says that about 30 of the stores will be open, including BHS, the Disney Store, Boots, Superdrug, GAME, H&M, Warehouse and Zavvi (formerly Virgin Megastore).

Popular sales store Next will not be open on the 26th, but will open at 5am on the 27th.

Management say the decision to open the centre was made after research showed people were keen to hit the shops the day after Christmas.

Centre director Roger Hutchings said: “This is the first time the centre has opened in the 25 years it has been here.

“Not all of the stores will be open, but there will certainly be a spectrum of stores that will be – about 30 or so.”

On Boxing Day the centre will be open from 10.30am until 4.30pm, with normal opening hours resuming until New Year.

On New Year’s Day it will be also be open from 10.30am until 4.30pm.

Marketing manager for Queensgate Phil Drinkwater said: “By the time Boxing Day arrives, many people are itching to get out and away from the endless turkey sandwiches and Christmas TV re-runs.”

A Disney Store spokesperson said: “We’re very much looking forward to opening our Disney Store in the Queensgate on Boxing Day.

“We’re thrilled to offer our guests an extended opportunity to experience the Christmas magic at Disney Store and they can expect an array of must-have items in store.”

GAME said it was also looking forward to opening for the first time in Peterborough on Boxing Day.

A spokesman said: “In Peterborough the GAME sale starts on Boxing Day. We have some great offers available, and are sure our customers will want to take full advantage of these.”

On December 27, John Lewis will be holding its biggest ever furniture clearance with 50 per cent off selected lines.

nTomorrow, the much loved children’s book and film character, Raymond Briggs’ The Snowman, will be making an appearance in the Queensgate centre.

The Snowman’s visit forms part of Queensgate’s December Music in the Malls Festival which has also featured community bands from the area and professional musicians.

Appearances are scheduled throughout the day at intervals between 11am and 4pm.

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