Businesses see brisk Black Friday sales
Retailers reported a steady day of activity as an extended Black Friday sale took place yesterday.
Darren Mayeaux, the manager at Sports ‘R’ Us on Church Street, said the store had spread their Black Friday sale over three days and had seen good business as a result.
He said: “It’s going quite well. We started our Black Friday on Thursday — so Black Thursday — and it will continue on Saturday.
“I would say the sales haven’t been bigger than normal, but they have been big.
Mr Mayeaux added: We’ve seen sales of items right across the board.”
Lyle Douglas, the sales manager of Marine Locker, said that they enjoyed a busy first day of a two-day sale.
He added that, while they saw less people than last year, larger sales helped to keep them busy.
Mr Douglas explained: “We have people at this point who wait for Black Friday, so those people are doing more shopping on the day than they used to.
“But everyone likes a sale. Everybody likes the chance to save some money and come in and have a chat.
Mr Douglas added: “That’s what it’s all about.”
Ian Smith, the managing director at Front Street jewellers Astwood Dickinson, said that he saw a higher turnout than last year on their second run at a three-day Black Friday sale.
He added: “I think people know that we’re not the sort of business that has sales every couple of weeks.
“Over a period of time I’d like to think that people recognise us as being a quality establishment and when we do have offers they’re genuine.”
Mr Smith said that his team worked hard to keep buyers satisfied and hoped that this would bring in more people next year.
He explained: “In the jewellery business, the most important thing is trust and if people trust who you are and what you do then hopefully people will shop with you.”
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