SHOPPERS have spent the weekend snapping up some bargains as retailers started their post-Christmas sales.
Shops across the area opened their doors on Boxing Day with heavily-reduced items.
Our stores are already reporting excellent sales and we expect to see even more people visit the centre through the remainder of December and JanuaryColin Wilding, Gunwharf Quays
Gunwharf Quays opened to the public on Saturday following a record-breaking Christmas shopping season at the centre. Footfall remained strong throughout December.
Colin Wilding, general manager at Gunwharf Quays, said: ‘There has been an incredible buzz around Gunwharf Quays in the run-up to Christmas.
‘With so many new brands to choose from, we’ve seen our gift cards in hot demand as our guests want to give those they love even more choice over the festive season.
‘Our stores are already reporting excellent sales and we expect to see even more people visit the centre through the remainder of December and January.’
More than 70 brands are taking part in Gunwharf Quays’ sales, including Jack Wills, Lulu Guinness, Joules and Cath Kidston.
However, shoppers in Commercial Road in Portsmouth yesterday morning felt it was a quiet start to the sales.
Sisters Cassie and Alex Affleck were picking up some bargains at the shops.
Cassie, 19, from Portchester, said: ‘I got vouchers for Christmas so I’ve come down to spend them.
‘It’s not that busy. We came last year and it was a lot busier.’
Alex, 21, added: ‘I know some people who did shopping online on Boxing Day instead.’
Tracy Hopkins, 45, from Eastney, was shopping with her husband Matt.
She added: ‘It’s been lovely. I thought it would be more hectic.
‘It’s nice to be able to get stuff without bumping into people.’
Neil Carter, centre manager at Whiteley Shopping Centre, said: ‘We have had a fabulous start to the post- Christmas sales, with footfall 45 per cent ahead of Boxing Day 2014 and queues forming from 5am.
‘This continues a strong Christmas performance at Whiteley since the opening of our nine-screen Cineworld and six new restaurants in November.
‘With schools closed until early January and many of our customers on extended breaks from work, I expect the centre to be very busy over the coming week.’
Mike Taylor is the centre manager at Fareham Shopping Centre. On Boxing Day, people were queuing at the centre from 5.20am. Around 100 people were queuing to wait for Next to open at 6am.
He said: ‘We have been very busy and I am extremely pleased with the number of customers over the festive season, despite slightly fewer shoppers compared with the previous year on the run-up to Christmas week.’