Peterborough bargain hunters buck national trend

Queensgate shopping centre in Peterborough. Photo: Peterborough Telegraph
Queensgate shopping centre in Peterborough. Photo: Peterborough Telegraph
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Christmas shoppers and bargain hunters were out in force in Peterborough as people chose to buy in person rather than online.

Black Friday proved itself to be popular in Peterborough with Queensgate Shopping Centre reporting a 2.7 per cent increase in year on year footfall; despite reports of a Black Friday ‘flop’ in other parts of the country.

Thousands of shoppers took advantage of sales that offered up to 75 per cent off and continued over the whole weekend at Queensgate Shopping Centre.

Queensgate opened its doors at the earlier time of 8am, giving shoppers more time to seek out the best deals. John Lewis was offering a price match in its electrical department, allowing customers to get the best price possible on some of the biggest brands. Many other stores such as Lakeland, F.Hinds, Topshop and Topman, Jack and Jones, and Superdry, had a host of incredible discounts available.

Centre Director at Queensgate Shopping Centre, Mark Broadhead said: “We experienced a slower start to Black Friday but that didn’t last long at all; the buzz of Black Friday quickly kicked in as the people of Peterborough arrived in their thousands.

He adds: “National reports suggest that Black Friday footfall across the UK was down by an average of 4.5 per cent, so to have an increase of nearly 3 per cent is extremely positive for us and our retailers.”