POLL: Sunderland shoppers to take advantage of Black Friday deals

Black Friday 2014 at Asda Boldon.
Black Friday 2014 at Asda Boldon.
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Shoppers are set to cash in as Black Friday hits Wearside.

Shoppers are set to cash in as Black Friday hits Wearside.

The Bridges, Sunderland.

The Bridges, Sunderland.

Traditionally the official start of the Christmas shopping season in the US, ’Black Friday’ has now become part of the UK’s shopping calendar.

The Bridges and Dalton Park are both promising bargains as the US tradition returns this week.

Some stores at The Bridges will open at 7am and most shops in the centre will be open until at least 7pm, with some not closing until 10pm.

“Black Friday is growing in popularity every year and we know that our retailers are pulling out all of the stops to offer some irresistible bargains,” said centre director Andy Bradley.

Jerry Hatch of Dalton Park shopping centre.

Jerry Hatch of Dalton Park shopping centre.

“It’s the perfect opportunity for everyone to come and enjoy what the Bridges has to offer – especially as we have some exciting new retailers in the centre.”

More than 40 stores at Dalton Park are taking part in Black Friday this year.

“Gap will be offering 50% off the entire store from Thursday, Radley will be offering 20% off all their signature handbags and accessories and Christy has an extra 20% off all luxury towels and bathroom accessories,” said centre manager Jerry Hatch.

“And lots of stores are extending their ‘Black Friday’ offers throughout the weekend – so you’ve got plenty of time to cash in on some spectacular offers.”

Centre Manager at The Bridges, Andy Bradley

Centre Manager at The Bridges, Andy Bradley

Dalton Park is open between 10am and 6pm on Friday, 9.30am and 6pm on Saturday and from 10.30am to 5pm on Sunday.

But one of the pioneers of Black Friday in the UK is no longer taking part in the event.

Supermarket chain Asda is owned by US discount giant Walmart and played a major role in importing the concept from the States and the firm’s Boldon store was inundated with eager shoppers last year

But now Asda seems keen to put the Black Friday genie back into the bottle, with chief executive Andy Clarke confirming the company would not be taking part this year.

“When it comes to putting customers first, Asda has always led the way, which is why we’re just as confident in our decision to step away from Black Friday as we were in introducing it to the UK,” he said.

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