Late night shopping returns to Scarborough

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LATE-NIGHT shopping is returning to Scarborough in a bid to help customers avoid the festive rush.

The Brunswick Centre will be open until 9pm every Thursday from December 1, with Debenhams open until 10pm.

Sunday opening hours will also be extended, with the centre opening between 9.30am to 5pm from this Sunday.

Centre Manager Jim Hughes explained the reasoning behind the move, saying: “It allows people at work all day the chance to come and do some shopping and it also means that Saturday isn’t quite so busy.”

Early birds will also be allowed the opportunity to grab some bargains in the sales, with the centre opening at 9am on Boxing Day, with Next opening at 6am.

Jade Jarvis, assistant manager of Clinton Cards, believes the longer hours will again prove a success, saying: “A lot of people like to miss out the busy periods, and with most people working it gives everybody a chance to get their shopping in.”

Victoria Clark, Vice Chairman of the Scarborough and District Chamber of Trade and Commerce, expects it to be one of the busiest Christmases for years, with shoppers ditching the internet in favour of the high street due to presents arriving late last Christmas because of the early bad weather.

She said: “People not only want to ensure they get what they bought, but also they want to see what’s on offer on the high street.

“Scarborough is a fantastic place to shop, and not just the Brunswick Centre.

“We have places like the Market Hall and Bar Street, so there’s a lot going on throughout Scarborough and there’s lots of choice.”