Leeds shops prepare for Boxing Day sales frenzy

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FOR most of us, the festive shopping frenzy and last-minute panic buys are almost over. But for others, it’s only just begun.

Shops in Leeds are now bracing themselves for one of the busiest sales days of the year, as thousands of determined shoppers hit the high street to bag a bargain on Boxing Day.

Queues are predicted from the early hours outside Trinity Leeds, where an estimated 60,000 people are expected to splash a whopping £1million.

Kevin Duffy, general manager for Trinity Leeds said: “We are very prepared for what looks like could be one of the busiest sales days of the year.

“We had a fantastic Black Friday with a 29 per cent increase in footfall compared to the same day last year.

“Visitor numbers and retailer sales since then have remained strong and we’re expecting more of the same on Boxing Day.

“Many of our team will be in the centre from midnight to make sure everything will be ready, along with a lot of the retailers.

“In line with tradition, Next will be the first to open its doors to the crowds at 6am.”

Many retailers’ online sales started on Christmas Eve and Trinity Leeds’ Click and Collect service has also seen a rise in customers, which has helped boost footfall figures and sales.

Mr Duffy added: “We are expecting to see many shoppers spending their Christmas money on a range of hugely reduced products, from luxury items and designer labels right through to simple boxes of cut-price Christmas cards!

“It feels like we’ve had a great festive season and Boxing Day figures look set to further reinforce the success.”

The White Rose shopping centre is also gearing up for a busy Boxing Day.

General manager James Bailey said: “We had 53,000 visitors to the centre on Black Friday and on Boxing Day we anticipate the number being closer to 65,000.

“The retailers have planned this key trading day brilliantly and there will be lots of amazing deals to be had.”