Early 6am St Stephen’s day start for annual sales

Almost 200 people queued outside Foyleside before 6am on St. Stephen’s Day awaiting the early start of the traditional January sales.

The sales started at 6am yesterday when Next opened the doors in their Foyleside and Lisnagelvin stores in the city. Some local stores were offering reductions of up to 50% on some items.

A spokesperson for Foyleside said that between 150 and 200 people had made their way to the centre ahead of staff and in anticipation of picking up a bargain yesterday morning.

“We’ve had a very busy start to the sales this morning,” said the spokesperson. “Top Shop and River Island opened their doors at 8am but the sale in Next started at 6am. There were between 150 and 200 people waiting on us to open the doors at 6am. It’s been an early and a busy start for us at Foyleside.

“Obviously the hope is that the sales bring lots of business after what was a challenging Christmas for retailers. If sales continue as they started we are expecting a very happy New Year.”

The Richmond Centre also reported a very busy morning, saying business was steady. “Business has been good this morning and there has been a strong showing of people looking for a bargain. It often quietens down later on St. Stephen’s Day but there has been no signs of that so far this year.”