Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

BAGGING A BARGAIN! ; Savvy Shoppers Queue from 1am at Arndale Centre to Snap Up Special Offers at the Boxing Day Sales

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

BAGGING A BARGAIN! ; Savvy Shoppers Queue from 1am at Arndale Centre to Snap Up Special Offers at the Boxing Day Sales

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HUNDREDS of shoppers queued in the cold from the early hours yesterday morning hoping to bag themselves a Boxing Day bargain.

The first discount hunters were waiting outside Manchester Arndale from 1am in order to be the first through the doors at the Next sale, which opened at 6am, while designer lovers were outside Selfridges just before 3am for their sale.

Mohamed Said, a 21-year-old student from Cheetwood, Cheetham Hill, was one of the first in the queue for Next despite arriving two hours later than last year.

He said: "Last year I just got something for my niece but this time I am going to get some jeans and maybe a jacket. I came in the store a few days ago to see what was in.

"We got here about 2am this year, last year it was more like midnight. I do understand why people wouldn't want to queue this early, but to me it is worth it for the bargains."

To help with the queues Next, for the first time, issued numbered tickets to everyone who arrived to help prevent pushing in. Shoppers were allowed into the Arndale from 5am to queue outside Next.

Due to the roadworks in the city centre the usual queuing system, from Next up towards Shudehill, had to be abandoned. Instead the queue was on the other side of the road, near Exchange Square.

Other stores inside the Arndale also chose to throw open the doors early including Topman and Aldo who were both trading by 7am.

Across the road Selfridges had another manic year with customers clearing out entire tables of designer handbags, worth hundreds of pounds each, in minutes of the doors opening and spending thousands of pounds.

One shopper, Zhuo Li, 31, had flown over from China for 15 days and had spent almost Pounds 4,000 on handbags within an hour of the store opening.

He said: "We did it two or three years ago. We really like the designer handbags."

Jane Sharrocks, general manager of Selfridges Manchester, said: "It takes a good three days to prepare for a Boxing Day."

Everything's half price so I've got Christmas presents for next year MIMI Doan, 21, and Steven Nguyen, 23, who both live in the city centre, saved hundreds of pounds at the Selfridges sale where they got their hands on a number of designer hand bags including Michael Kors, Vendi and Yves Saint Laurent. …

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