Boxing Day shoppers queue from 4am to bag a bargain in Hartlepool

Boxing Day sales
Boxing Day sales

RETAIL bosses are delighted with the uptake of Boxing Day bargains this year.

Hundreds of bargain-hunters descended on Hartlepool’s Middleton Grange Shopping Centre and the town’s retail parks on December 26 keen to cash in on cut-priced goods in post-Christmas sales.

As well as many shoppers hunting for great deals at the shopping centre, which was open from 9am-5pm and offered free parking, hundreds of early risers also descended on the Next store at the town’s Anchor Retail Park from as early as 4am for dawn sales.

Shopping centre manager Mark Rycraft said: “Footfall was up seven per cent year-on-year. We had queues all the way up The Mall for River Island.

“Early indications show the stores did really well in the sales, people have been waiting for those bargains.”

He added that the centre’s flagship BHS store was also doing well with its sales, alongside the likes of Marks & Spencer and Wilkinson.

“We peaked at noon, with strong footfall from about 9am through to 4pm, we were busy pretty much all day,” added Mr Rycraft.

“It’s important to keep it local, and the Market Hall also did extremely well this year.”

Shoppers also flocked to Dalton Park, near Murton, to enjoy savings off well-known names.

General manager of Dalton Park, Jerry Hatch, said he is pleased with performance to date and that an exciting 2014 will see the start of Dalton Park’s new phase 2 leisure development enhancing the complex’s retail offer.