Almost 60,000 shoppers flock to WestQuay in Southampton for Boxing Day sales

Daily Echo: WestQuay WestQuay

Almost 60,000 shoppers flocked to Southampton's WestQuay shopping centre yesterday on one of the biggest shopping days of the year.

Thousands of shoppers queued from 3.15am on Boxing Day to take advantage of the knock down prices, as retailers shifted their leftover 2012 stock.

Now bosses at the mall have revealed that footfall reached the 58,000-mark throughout the day, sending tills into meltdown.

The figures equalled last year's Boxing Day haul, while there was an increase of eight per cent in the number of vehicles using the mall's car parks.

And the clamour for post-Christmas bargains continued today, as hundreds queued outside the shopping centre ahead of the first day of the John Lewis sale.

Andy Collyer, General Manager at WestQuay, said he expected the number of shoppers to reach the 100,000 mark today.

It comes after 160,000 shoppers visited the centre last weekend.

Mr Collyer said: “Christmas is always a busy time for WestQuay, and yesterday proved no exception, with over 2,000 shoppers queuing for the Next sale when the store opened at 6am.

“That's around 500 people more than when the doors opened for the first day of the sale last year.

“We welcomed almost 58,000 shoppers to WestQuay yesterday, with almost 5,700 cars visiting the WestQuay car parks.

“Overall, Christmas trading at WestQuay has been positive and we are looking forward to continuing to welcome even more shoppers over the next few days.”

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1:53pm Thu 27 Dec 12

City Saint says...

Sounds like hell on earth.
Sounds like hell on earth. City Saint

3:30pm Thu 27 Dec 12

News Fanatic says...

Rather them than me.
Rather them than me. News Fanatic

4:10pm Thu 27 Dec 12

mark.baker says...

wish i had some money to hit the sales lol
wish i had some money to hit the sales lol mark.baker

4:32pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Vix1 says...

Wish people could be more grateful for the gifts people have saved up to buy for them!!! To have to go and spend the very next day speaks of ingratitude to me!
Wish people could be more grateful for the gifts people have saved up to buy for them!!! To have to go and spend the very next day speaks of ingratitude to me! Vix1

5:29pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Big Mac says...

Must remember to get one of those thingamegigs, whatdoyoucallem cantdowithout, forgottenwhatitdoes items before they run out.
In fact, I think I'll waste a bit more and get two.
Must remember to get one of those thingamegigs, whatdoyoucallem cantdowithout, forgottenwhatitdoes items before they run out. In fact, I think I'll waste a bit more and get two. Big Mac

6:22pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

NEVER, I repeat, NEVER, go to the food terrace when the after Christmas sales are on, took me 20 minutes to find a seat while other people were making do with the floor... At least I managed to put money in the bank and get a few bike bits from decathlon though.
NEVER, I repeat, NEVER, go to the food terrace when the after Christmas sales are on, took me 20 minutes to find a seat while other people were making do with the floor... At least I managed to put money in the bank and get a few bike bits from decathlon though. Ginger_cyclist

6:43pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Of the Ilk says...

Ginger_cyclist wrote:
NEVER, I repeat, NEVER, go to the food terrace when the after Christmas sales are on, took me 20 minutes to find a seat while other people were making do with the floor... At least I managed to put money in the bank and get a few bike bits from decathlon though.
or just never go the West Quay ever.
[quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: NEVER, I repeat, NEVER, go to the food terrace when the after Christmas sales are on, took me 20 minutes to find a seat while other people were making do with the floor... At least I managed to put money in the bank and get a few bike bits from decathlon though.[/p][/quote]or just never go the West Quay ever. Of the Ilk

7:09pm Thu 27 Dec 12

Ginger_cyclist says...

Of the Ilk wrote:
Ginger_cyclist wrote:
NEVER, I repeat, NEVER, go to the food terrace when the after Christmas sales are on, took me 20 minutes to find a seat while other people were making do with the floor... At least I managed to put money in the bank and get a few bike bits from decathlon though.
or just never go the West Quay ever.
True but I still had to look round at least.
[quote][p][bold]Of the Ilk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ginger_cyclist[/bold] wrote: NEVER, I repeat, NEVER, go to the food terrace when the after Christmas sales are on, took me 20 minutes to find a seat while other people were making do with the floor... At least I managed to put money in the bank and get a few bike bits from decathlon though.[/p][/quote]or just never go the West Quay ever.[/p][/quote]True but I still had to look round at least. Ginger_cyclist

8:54pm Thu 27 Dec 12

elvisimo says...

Vix1 wrote:
Wish people could be more grateful for the gifts people have saved up to buy for them!!! To have to go and spend the very next day speaks of ingratitude to me!
Not if you were given a load of sh&t
[quote][p][bold]Vix1[/bold] wrote: Wish people could be more grateful for the gifts people have saved up to buy for them!!! To have to go and spend the very next day speaks of ingratitude to me![/p][/quote]Not if you were given a load of sh&t elvisimo

9:51pm Thu 27 Dec 12

romanab says...

West Quay is a great Shopping Center. I really enoyed visiting it some time ago. Nice atmosphere, comfortable,...a good place to visit and spend the evening. I miss it.
West Quay is a great Shopping Center. I really enoyed visiting it some time ago. Nice atmosphere, comfortable,...a good place to visit and spend the evening. I miss it. romanab

4:47pm Fri 28 Dec 12

Nod says...

West Quay, where the gullible an family-less congregate as one to purchase copies of the clothes that the shops previously had on sale. This time though they're made out of cheaper materials and made in more torturous sweatshops.
West Quay, where the gullible an family-less congregate as one to purchase copies of the clothes that the shops previously had on sale. This time though they're made out of cheaper materials and made in more torturous sweatshops. Nod

7:32pm Fri 28 Dec 12

romanab says...

Nod wrote:
West Quay, where the gullible an family-less congregate as one to purchase copies of the clothes that the shops previously had on sale. This time though they're made out of cheaper materials and made in more torturous sweatshops.
Good comment Nod. I thank you for it. I can improve my English with interesting words I had nearly forgotten. I am not kidding, I am not English.
[quote][p][bold]Nod[/bold] wrote: West Quay, where the gullible an family-less congregate as one to purchase copies of the clothes that the shops previously had on sale. This time though they're made out of cheaper materials and made in more torturous sweatshops.[/p][/quote]Good comment Nod. I thank you for it. I can improve my English with interesting words I had nearly forgotten. I am not kidding, I am not English. romanab

8:38pm Fri 28 Dec 12

IronLady2010 says...

Westquay will be riddled with the vomiting bug, probably best to avoid for now!

All those dirty hands on items that have been picked up by god knows how many others.

All the clothes worn without washing etc.....
Westquay will be riddled with the vomiting bug, probably best to avoid for now! All those dirty hands on items that have been picked up by god knows how many others. All the clothes worn without washing etc..... IronLady2010

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