Lakeside Shoppers up at the crack of dawn for Boxing Day sales

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EAGER bargain hunters pitched up at Lakeside Shopping Centre from 4am for the Boxing Day sales on Wednesday.


Some shopping centre staff were drafted in at 3am to deal with the expected crowds of around 110,000 shoppers, 3,000 of which were predicted to queue just for the Next sale.


The shopping centre officially opened at 9am, but some stores, including Next, opened at 6am, and visitors had until 7pm to bag the best buys.


Queues to grab one of the centre’s 13,000 car parking spaces caused long traffic delays.


Lakeside’s general manager, Paul Lancaster, said: “Cars began entering the car parks as early as 4am and eager shoppers queued to be first to the bargains.


“Whilst the shopping centre officially opened at 9am, Next opened its doors to sale shoppers at 6am with many stores following shortly after.


"Despite pre-Christmas retailer events, the post-Christmas sales are as popular as ever with shoppers being tempted by discounts on a wide range of products, from cosmetic gift sets to bigger ticket items.


“Gift cards have been a popular Christmas present this year and now shoppers are keen to spend them.”


Boxing Day sale records were smashed nationally, as tills rang like mad up and down the country.


An estimated 10million shoppers battled to bag a bargain, spending in the region of £2.9billion.


Some retailers slashed prices by as much as 80 per cent.


Selfridge's, in London’s West End, recorded the best first hour of trade in its history, making £1.5million.


Lakeside’s rival shopping centre, Bluewater in Kent, saw about 120,000 shoppers pass through its doors, with queues forming at 1am.

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9:40am Tue 1 Jan 13

Thurrockbob says...

Sad Gits!
Sad Gits! Thurrockbob
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4:54pm Tue 1 Jan 13

Thurrock Trojan says...

This just proves how sad and pathetic some people really are!

"What did you do at Christmas?"

"We camped outside Lakeside at 4am because we're saddos!"
This just proves how sad and pathetic some people really are! "What did you do at Christmas?" "We camped outside Lakeside at 4am because we're saddos!" Thurrock Trojan
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9:10pm Tue 1 Jan 13

SaveOurStanford says...

SAD SAD SAD TIGHT ASSED IDIOTS is the only words i can find for theese people ! Bareley eaten there last brussel sprouts and inwrapped there ungratefull pressies and Q like turkeys to the slaughter to pick up the unwanted previous overpriced Toot that shops would dump otherwise. Got to say it again if this was you GET A LIFE !
SAD SAD SAD TIGHT ASSED IDIOTS is the only words i can find for theese people ! Bareley eaten there last brussel sprouts and inwrapped there ungratefull pressies and Q like turkeys to the slaughter to pick up the unwanted previous overpriced Toot that shops would dump otherwise. Got to say it again if this was you GET A LIFE ! SaveOurStanford
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11:23am Wed 2 Jan 13

Voodoo says...

I'd like to take the opportunity to thank the people of Thurrock and East London for ensuring that Christmas was, once again, merely a single day off work. I particularly enjoyed your insults and complaints on Boxing Day that items you wanted weren't on offer, or were cheaper elsewhere. It really made the 'festive season' all the more magical. Selfish scum.
I'd like to take the opportunity to thank the people of Thurrock and East London for ensuring that Christmas was, once again, merely a single day off work. I particularly enjoyed your insults and complaints on Boxing Day that items you wanted weren't on offer, or were cheaper elsewhere. It really made the 'festive season' all the more magical. Selfish scum. Voodoo
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7:13am Thu 3 Jan 13

d_2da_ougle says...

i was a cleaner at river island in lakeside last year being in there every day i noticed in janurary a pair of jeans that was on the sale rack was 40 quid before the sale they got reduced to 20 quid on boxing day then the second week in janurary they dropped to a tenner in the last week of the sale proof rushing out does not pay up, and yeah queing up 4am literally christmas night **** no life these people
i was a cleaner at river island in lakeside last year being in there every day i noticed in janurary a pair of jeans that was on the sale rack was 40 quid before the sale they got reduced to 20 quid on boxing day then the second week in janurary they dropped to a tenner in the last week of the sale proof rushing out does not pay up, and yeah queing up 4am literally christmas night **** no life these people d_2da_ougle
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11:20am Mon 7 Jan 13

PoorFleet says...

M&S at Lakeside used to be closed on Boxing day and I respected that.

Unfortunately that has since changed which is a shame as it put the staff first.

It was also what appeared to be a clever marketing move as people would hound shops like Next on BD, then hit M&S on the following as they knew the sale was fresh and not a day old.
M&S at Lakeside used to be closed on Boxing day and I respected that. Unfortunately that has since changed which is a shame as it put the staff first. It was also what appeared to be a clever marketing move as people would hound shops like Next on BD, then hit M&S on the following as they knew the sale was fresh and not a day old. PoorFleet
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