Gwent shoppers out early for Boxing Day sales

South Wales Argus: Boxing Day shoppers in Cwmbran. Shoppers in Cwmbran looking for bargains on Boxing Day. (3157793) Boxing Day shoppers in Cwmbran. Shoppers in Cwmbran looking for bargains on Boxing Day. (3157793)

THOUSANDS of dedicated shoppers flocked to stores around Gwent today to grab some Boxing Day bargains, with one woman arriving at 1.20am to start queuing.

At Next, one of the most popular Boxing Day sales, a woman arrived at the Cwmbran store at 1.20am to begin queuing.

Speaking this afternoon, store manager, Darren Morgan, said: “I think that’s the earliest we’ve ever had.”

Mr Morgan said: “We opened at 6am. There were over 500 people in the queue.”

All items were half price and a lot of the stock had gone by the afternoon. Mr Morgan believed it was as busy as last year.

He said: “A lot of the children’s wear has gone. That just flies off the shelves.”

Sisters, Anisa Batool and Roxanne Munir from Newport, left their homes at 5.30am to get to the Next sale.

“I spent £262 in Next. I got lots of clothes for the children. I wasn’t looking for anything specific,” said Ms Munir.

“We do it every year.”

Elsewhere in Cwmbran, numerous shops in the shopping centre like Clarks, JD Sports and Matalan were offering half price sales.

Val Wright, of Cwmbran, was Boxing Day shopping for the first time.

“The reductions are fantastic,” she said.

Many of the shops, including House of Fraser, had customers queuing at the doors before they opened. River Island, which opened at 7am, had almost sold out of handbags by the afternoon.

Emma Gable, from Abergavenny was out with her family.

“I had a brilliant bargain,” she said. “A £100.00 coat down to £60.”

The family have hit the Boxing Day sales for the last couple of years.

She said: “We’re just topping up on stuff for the house.”

Newport Retail Park in Spytty was also incredibly busy for much of Boxing Day with some shoppers having to wait up to half an hour for a parking space.

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6:22pm Thu 26 Dec 13

Magor says...

I hope no one waited for the shops to open in the centre of Newport,they will have a long wait.
I hope no one waited for the shops to open in the centre of Newport,they will have a long wait. Magor

8:25pm Thu 26 Dec 13

halfszdevil says...

Was it worth it, both economically and enviromentally, all those aimlessly driving around Spytty for half hour just to save a few pound?
Was it worth it, both economically and enviromentally, all those aimlessly driving around Spytty for half hour just to save a few pound? halfszdevil

11:07am Fri 27 Dec 13

Floppy backed says...

sad, sad, sad......all shops should be closed for 2 days giving everyone the opportunity to have some rest and family time. Whats wrong with staying at home and having a nice time with friends and family, get out for a walk, read a book but our obsession with retail and spending as a past time?

With all the shopping and spending I did before Christmas the last place I want to be is in the shops.

I feel for poor children who should be home playing with their toys and not being dragged around the shops.
sad, sad, sad......all shops should be closed for 2 days giving everyone the opportunity to have some rest and family time. Whats wrong with staying at home and having a nice time with friends and family, get out for a walk, read a book but our obsession with retail and spending as a past time? With all the shopping and spending I did before Christmas the last place I want to be is in the shops. I feel for poor children who should be home playing with their toys and not being dragged around the shops. Floppy backed

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