IT MIGHT not have been the mayhem expected but shopping centres and supermarkets still saw hundreds of people hunting for bargains.
Stores from across Portsmouth and the surrounding areas took part in American tradition Black Friday yesterday with huge offers enticing people to go shopping.
Tesco stores in Fratton, Havant and at North Harbour opened their doors at 5am.
About 30 people turned up at the new store in Fratton.
Ukil Ali, from Eastney, arrived at 3am to make sure he was the first person inside the shop.
The 55-year-old said: ‘I was looking forward to seeing what deals were on this year.
‘I took part in Black Friday two years ago but missed the rush of last year. It has been really calm this morning and the store has handled it well.
‘There have been some great deals.’
Mr Ali picked up a new television and tablet.
Fellow shopper Aaron Chittil, 28, also picked up a television.
It was very civilised and everyone had the time to chose exactly what they wanted.Jon Roberts
He added: ‘I had to get up early for work so thought I might as well come and have a look. I did the same last year and ended up buying a television from Sainsbury’s.
‘It is good that stores take part and this year it was organised a lot better.’
Store manager Jon Roberts said TVs and coffee machines had been popular.
‘We have some great deals on the televisions which a lot of people have been interested in,’ he said.
‘The Kindle Fire tablets have been popular too as they have been reduced quite a lot.’
He added: ‘It was very civilised and everyone had the time to choose exactly what they wanted.’
Gunwharf Quays saw an increase in shoppers visiting the 70 shops which took part in the event. The outlet centre has deals on all weekend.
Yvonne Clay, senior marketing manager, said: ‘Our centre staff were fully prepared to welcome our extra customers.
‘We saw a great turnout in the morning, and there was a fantastic atmosphere.’
Cascades Shopping Centre, on Commercial Road, opened its doors an hour early at 8am.
A lot of their stores such as Next and Lush saw an increase in sales.
Amy Grice, from the centre’s management team, said: ‘Friday is usually busy but it seemed much busier than usual and people were definitely about earlier than usual as well.
‘There were plenty of shoppers about the place with happy looks on their faces but then there are lots of offers on and bargains to be had and everyone loves a bargain.’