Boxing Day quiet for shops - but not online

The Argus: Boxing Day quiet for shops - but not online Boxing Day quiet for shops - but not online

Festive hangovers and foul weather combined to keep many of the city’s shoppers indoors and online on Boxing Day, MADELINE WENG & CALLUM CYRUS report. 

Retail analysts forecast shoppers across the country would spend £2.97 billion by yesterday both in stores and online.

If the prediction is accurate, the total will beat last year’s figure of £2.8 billion, according to data from the British Retail Consortium and the Centre for Retail Research.

But in Brighton and Hove dire weather seemed to have dampened spirits and many shopkeepers kept their doors shut on Boxing Day.

In George Street, Hove, a few retailers bucked the trend and opened for business.

David Wiggins, assistant manager of Robert Dyas said: “This street is never too busy on Boxing Day. A lot of other shops were closed.

“We were one of the few that were still open. We were mainly doing half-price sales on some Christmas clearance.

“The shop was only slightly busier than usual, which is about the same as we expected.

“There was always a slow start, and then the people started to come out, if the weather permitted.”

Diana Moncada, shop manager of Holland and Barrett in George Street, Hove said: “On Boxing Day we had a ‘penny sale’ promotion – that is, you buy one product and get another for just one penny.

“However, it wasn’t busy at all on Boxing day. I guess it was because people think it’s a family day, instead of a shopping day.”

Amy Hunt, shop manager of nearby Dorothy Perkins, said: “Two years ago we opened on Boxing Day, and it wasn’t busy, so the company decided not to open this store this year.”

The owners of independent shops in the centre of Brighton were determined to do their best to keep commercialism out of Christmas.

Cynthia Wyndham, owner of shoe shop Pullingers, in Bond Street, said: “We don’t believe in opening on Boxing Day. Christmas should be two days and it is supposed to be a holiday and should be spent with the family.”

Maria Ramos, shopkeeper of Yoma, in Gardner Street, said: “We only close the shop on the Christmas Day, Boxing Day and the New Year. The company think it should be nice for the people to have a rest in these three days and spend time with their family.”

Soly Danish, shop manager of fashion retailer Ju-Ju on Gloucester Road, said: “We didn’t and will never open the shop on the Boxing Day. We can’t allow commercialism to take over and sacrifice the time for entertainment and family.”

Adam LeRoy, owner of mod fashion retailer Jump the Gun, in Gardner Street, said: “I think it’s wrong to open shops on Boxing Day. The world could do with one day that the shops are shut on – and I’m a shopkeeper.”

Al Childs, co-owner of Independent record store Across the Tracks in Gloucester Road, said: “To be perfectly honest it’s a brave shop that chooses to be open on Boxing Day. But Friday has been OK.

“Sales of records have been very good generally because they’ve become trendy again – lots of kids have had record players for Christmas and lots of people my age sold all their old records so they are now buying them back. There’s a market at both ends of the spectrum.”

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11:49am Sat 28 Dec 13

whatevernext2013 says...

and nothing to do with parking fees or bus fares i wonder how Crawley/Worthing or Eastbourne done on boxing day
and nothing to do with parking fees or bus fares i wonder how Crawley/Worthing or Eastbourne done on boxing day whatevernext2013

12:11pm Sat 28 Dec 13

BURIRAM says...

whatevernext2013 wrote:
and nothing to do with parking fees or bus fares i wonder how Crawley/Worthing or Eastbourne done on boxing day
Bus fares were the same on Boxing Day as any other day in Brighton. Boxing Day is a holiday and people would rather spend it with there family or friends unless they are on holiday here.
[quote][p][bold]whatevernext2013[/bold] wrote: and nothing to do with parking fees or bus fares i wonder how Crawley/Worthing or Eastbourne done on boxing day[/p][/quote]Bus fares were the same on Boxing Day as any other day in Brighton. Boxing Day is a holiday and people would rather spend it with there family or friends unless they are on holiday here. BURIRAM

12:30pm Sat 28 Dec 13

fasttrack says...

Eastbourne was very busy on Boxing Day from dancing at the Redoubt (instead of the bandstand this year) to shopping in the stores. It is difficult for independent shops, particularly if the only member of staff is the owner, so good for them if they took the day off.
Eastbourne was very busy on Boxing Day from dancing at the Redoubt (instead of the bandstand this year) to shopping in the stores. It is difficult for independent shops, particularly if the only member of staff is the owner, so good for them if they took the day off. fasttrack

1:02pm Sat 28 Dec 13

Cave Johnson says...

What a complete non story. Did they file this just to get their names in the paper?
What a complete non story. Did they file this just to get their names in the paper? Cave Johnson

1:29pm Sat 28 Dec 13

HJarrs says...

I hear the government are thinking of a change of name for the Xmas period so as to make it more relevant; Comsumemass.

What a shame we can't manage two consequative days with the shops shut.
I hear the government are thinking of a change of name for the Xmas period so as to make it more relevant; Comsumemass. What a shame we can't manage two consequative days with the shops shut. HJarrs

3:07pm Sat 28 Dec 13

pwlr1966 says...

Why bother going to the sales in Brighton, any savings made will be absorbed by the exorbitant parking fees. Stay at home with the family and shop online!
Why bother going to the sales in Brighton, any savings made will be absorbed by the exorbitant parking fees. Stay at home with the family and shop online! pwlr1966

3:54pm Sat 28 Dec 13

brightonpip says...

Cave Johnson wrote:
What a complete non story. Did they file this just to get their names in the paper?
Especially as the boxing day weather was clear and dry and not foul at all.
[quote][p][bold]Cave Johnson[/bold] wrote: What a complete non story. Did they file this just to get their names in the paper?[/p][/quote]Especially as the boxing day weather was clear and dry and not foul at all. brightonpip

5:54pm Sat 28 Dec 13

jackthekipper says...

rottingdean was full of drunks as usual with a bit of festive fighting by the woodentops as usual
rottingdean was full of drunks as usual with a bit of festive fighting by the woodentops as usual jackthekipper

4:44pm Sun 29 Dec 13

gheese77 says...

You've must have a pretty sad life to want to spend boxing day shopping.
You've must have a pretty sad life to want to spend boxing day shopping. gheese77

8:28pm Sun 29 Dec 13

platelet says...

My wife and I walked from Hove lagoon area into Brighton, did a bit of shopping, had a pizza, and then walked back to our house. The sky was completely blue all day, not a cloud to be seen. When was this snap of Kensington Lane taken ?
Shoddy reporting again.
My wife and I walked from Hove lagoon area into Brighton, did a bit of shopping, had a pizza, and then walked back to our house. The sky was completely blue all day, not a cloud to be seen. When was this snap of Kensington Lane taken ? Shoddy reporting again. platelet

6:17am Mon 30 Dec 13

Gribbet says...

Good on the people of Brighton, no one in their right mind goes shopping on boxing day.
Good on the people of Brighton, no one in their right mind goes shopping on boxing day. Gribbet

11:27am Mon 30 Dec 13

Cave Johnson says...

Actually to be fair i expect the reporters are journalism students trying to get some experience. Blame The Argus instead for quality as they probably didn't even pay them for this.
Actually to be fair i expect the reporters are journalism students trying to get some experience. Blame The Argus instead for quality as they probably didn't even pay them for this. Cave Johnson

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