Bromley retailers gear up for Black Friday as spending set to soar once again
PUBLISHED: 10:32 22 November 2016 | UPDATED: 10:32 22 November 2016
A survey has revealed many shoppers are planning to stay away from the high street amid fears of violence
Retailers in Bromley are getting ready for one of their biggest days of the year as millions of bargain-hunters prepare for Black Friday.
Spending is expected to soar once again after customers last year spent a staggering £150 million on Black Friday - 43 per cent more then on a normal Friday.
Originating in the US, the event has begun to take off in the UK in recent years as retailers offer discounts to mark the beginning of the festive season.
But a survey by media owner Wireless Group revealed 81 per cent of shoppers are planning to avoid the high street amid fears of violence, opting instead to buy their goods online.
intu Bromley has extended its opening hours to cope with the extra volume of customers flowing through its doors.
Marketing manager Craig Higgin said: “The shopping centre will be open from 8am and until 7pm to allow people to shop.
“There will be a large number of offers on display at the main entrance and on our website.”
Mr Higgin was quick to assuage any fears of violence or unruly behaviour, which frequently make headlines on the day.
“Last Christmas we had a really nice Black Friday,” he added.
“We we really busy but had no problems at all, and we are not anticipating any additional problems this time around.”
A survey by Nationwide revealed consumers spent the most at supermarkets last year (£22.4 million), followed by DIY and household (£13.1 million) and entertainment (£12.9 million).
More than half of respondents (51 per cent) confessed to impulse purchases on Black Friday, which led to one in eight people (13 per cent) returning the goods they bought, suggesting that they either didn’t want or need the items.