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Bexleyheath prepares for Black Friday as hundreds say they will dodge the shopping crowds

PUBLISHED: 16:38 21 November 2016 | UPDATED: 16:38 21 November 2016

H&M staff (L-R), Taslima Begum, Isa Sanches, manager Kim Tong, and Francesca Gebtry are among the staff getting ready for a busy Black Friday, at Broadway Shopping Centre.

H&M staff (L-R), Taslima Begum, Isa Sanches, manager Kim Tong, and Francesca Gebtry are among the staff getting ready for a busy Black Friday, at Broadway Shopping Centre.

Archant

Black Friday is just days away

One of the biggest days on the shopping calendar, Black Friday, is tomorrow.

But as retail workers get ready to service the bargain-hunting hordes, a new study has revealed many people may be shying away from the crowds.

A survey of 1,200 people revealed more than 80 per cent were planning to shop online rather than brave the high street.

In the same survey, one in ten reported seeing violence break out in previous years.

Natalie Delahunty, insight manager at Wireless Group, the company behind the survey, said: “It’s shocking that violence is playing such a role in keeping shoppers away from the high street, though thankfully it hasn’t dampened enthusiasm for the concept, with shoppers opting to make their purchases online instead.”

Bexleyheath’s Broadway Shopping Centre says it is preparing for ‘thousands’ of click and collect shoppers to take advantage of online deals.

Stores at the shopping centre have also made plans for the big day.

Game will be opening at midnight until 2am, it will later reopen from 9am until 5.30pm.

“We won’t know ourselves which stock will be part of the sale but I can say there will be some major savings to be had” said GAME Bexleyheath manager Ash Bechra.

“If we are as busy as we were last year then it’s going to be an incredible day.”

“We’ve already got some major discounts on consoles, and there will be more details on our website nearer the time.”

Elsewhere H&M is preparing to follow up on last year’s success, which proved to be the clothes store’s busiest day in 2015.

General manager at the shopping centre, Peter Sedge, is looking forward to a busy day.

He said: “Last year Black Friday had a huge impact on visitor numbers and as a retail phenomenon the event is growing in popularity.

Are you braving the Black Friday crowds? Let us know how it goes by emailing luke.may@archant.co.uk or calling 01233 653479.

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