Shop­pers flock to city cen­tre for Christ­mas and start of the sales

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Westminsterlife -

sale be­ganat6a­monBox­ingDay andthe John Lewis sale started onDe­cem­ber27­sothis, cou­pled with­manyother­store­sopen­ing and go­ing into sale, is en­cour­ag­ing thou­sands of cus­tomers through the doors.

“On Box­ing Day sales fever really took hold as hun­dreds of ea­ger shop­pers queued up for the 6am­start to take ad­van­tage of the vast ar­ray of of­fers avail­able in Queens­gate.

“Re­tail­ers slashed prices and be­gan their early morn­ing trad­ing in a bid to en­tice shop­persi­nand­com­pete­with­on­line ri­vals who have al­ready be­gun of­fer­ing heavy dis­counts.”

Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil leader Marco Cer­este said the promis­ing De­cem­ber fig­ures would be con­tin­ued through 2013.

He­said:“I wasattheopen­ing of Pri­mark, and the only time I havee­v­erseenany­thing­likeitis at the open­ing of TK Maxx.

“The good thing is we have more­to­come. We­have­some­big an­nounce­ments ready for the new year in Queens­gate, which will en­hance the of­fer­ing in the city cen­tre.

“We will also see the com­ple­tion of the Bridge Street im- prove­ments and other pub­lic realm spa­ces.

“We have to keep the mo­men­tum go­ing in 2013, and I am sure we will.

“We­want to come out of the re­ces­sion as a new, big, pow­er­ful city that can ben­e­fit ev­ery­body, and­be­able to at­tract new in­vest­ment.”

Chief ex­ec­u­tive of Peter­bor­ough Cham­ber of Com­merce John Bridge added:” Peter­bor­ough has been iden­ti­fied as a key growth area by in­vestors.

“Peter­bor­oughis be­ing seen as the right place to in­vest, and shop­per­sar­erel­ish­ingth­ere­tail of­fer­ing in the city.

Mr Bridge added: “While some peo­ple like to wait for the sales, there have been plenty who have been out shop­ping be­fore, which has been a real ben­e­fit to the city.

“I think with some of the stores and restau­rants that will be open­ing in the city in the near fu­ture, 2013 is look­ing very­pos­i­tive­forPeter­bor­ough.”

Shop­pers bag the bar­gains at the Next sales

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