Shops gear up for a big last-minute rush

Basildon Recorder: Shops gear up for a big last-minute rush Shops gear up for a big last-minute rush

TRADERS across south Essex are expecting a busy final festive shopping weekend, as customers make a dash for lastminute presents.

With very few shopping days left, traders are hoping lastminute shoppers will be flooding town centres before the big day.

Retailers in Southend and Basildon are expecting packed out stores while councils hope free parking offers will encourage drivers to choose their towns over out-of-town centres.

Neil Raven, of Ravens department store, in Clifftown Road, Southend, said he expected it to be a busy weekend in the town.

He said: “The last weekend before Christmas is always a popular time for shoppers.

“The last week or so has been good, and it’s been pretty busy, so we’re looking forward to the weekend ahead.”

Dennis Baldry, manager of Southend’s Victoria Shopping Centre, said: “It’s been a busy run-up to the festive season, and we are looking forward to an even busier weekend, with shoppers looking for last-minute bargains.”

Dawn Jeakings, manager of the Royals shopping centre, also in Southend, said: “This week is the biggest week of the year for the centre, with around 200,000 people expected to come in this weekend.

“The average is usually half that. All the stores have geared up for it, because it’s a really crucial time of year for retailers.

“People are still spending money, although they have been spending more wisely these past few years, which means the stores offer more deals.”

Basildon town centre management’s Hans Wusterfeld said he anticipated big crowds in the town centre now the final delivery date for online orders had passed.

He said: “This week is important, especially because trade in November has been rather slow.

It took a long time to start the season. Since December, it really has started to pick up and people are spending more, because there are so many bargains around.

“This weekend will be very busy, especially as it’s now too late to order online – people have to go out to buy to guarantee they’ll have the presents in time for Christmas.”

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9:43am Sat 21 Dec 13

Nowthatsworthknowing says...

More bargains on line
More bargains on line Nowthatsworthknowing

9:49am Sat 21 Dec 13

Broadwaywatch says...

Yes all the big stores want us to make the effort and spend our money at Christmas but how many of those stores have made any effort to make their premises festive with decorations for this time of the year......hardly any if any at all. At Debenhams I inquired of a manager as to where their decorations were and he just turned away laughing.
I am thankful that I still have the memory of when such stores were festooned in the spirit of Christmas....such a pity our children wont have the same memory's when older.
Yes all the big stores want us to make the effort and spend our money at Christmas but how many of those stores have made any effort to make their premises festive with decorations for this time of the year......hardly any if any at all. At Debenhams I inquired of a manager as to where their decorations were and he just turned away laughing. I am thankful that I still have the memory of when such stores were festooned in the spirit of Christmas....such a pity our children wont have the same memory's when older. Broadwaywatch

9:53am Sat 21 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
More bargains on line
True....but theres something about shopping at Christmas, and can you still put hand on heart for a delivery on time if shopping today, the free car parks are good...although i still see people paying, maybe some BIG clear signs saying FREE TODAY.....so who will get the last Turkey on the shelf...last knockings before the shops shut on the Eve.?
[quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: More bargains on line[/p][/quote]True....but theres something about shopping at Christmas, and can you still put hand on heart for a delivery on time if shopping today, the free car parks are good...although i still see people paying, maybe some BIG clear signs saying FREE TODAY.....so who will get the last Turkey on the shelf...last knockings before the shops shut on the Eve.? DogsMessInLeigh

10:34am Sat 21 Dec 13

DogsMessInLeigh says...

Broadwaywatch wrote:
Yes all the big stores want us to make the effort and spend our money at Christmas but how many of those stores have made any effort to make their premises festive with decorations for this time of the year......hardly any if any at all. At Debenhams I inquired of a manager as to where their decorations were and he just turned away laughing.
I am thankful that I still have the memory of when such stores were festooned in the spirit of Christmas....such a pity our children wont have the same memory's when older.
yes your right i did notice that the other day, also i recall one store last year had took everything down by Boxing day sales, and The Royals massive effort on their decor....that display really needs thinking about next season.
and where was the German market in Southend this year.
[quote][p][bold]Broadwaywatch[/bold] wrote: Yes all the big stores want us to make the effort and spend our money at Christmas but how many of those stores have made any effort to make their premises festive with decorations for this time of the year......hardly any if any at all. At Debenhams I inquired of a manager as to where their decorations were and he just turned away laughing. I am thankful that I still have the memory of when such stores were festooned in the spirit of Christmas....such a pity our children wont have the same memory's when older.[/p][/quote]yes your right i did notice that the other day, also i recall one store last year had took everything down by Boxing day sales, and The Royals massive effort on their decor....that display really needs thinking about next season. and where was the German market in Southend this year. DogsMessInLeigh

12:46pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Howard Cháse says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Broadwaywatch wrote:
Yes all the big stores want us to make the effort and spend our money at Christmas but how many of those stores have made any effort to make their premises festive with decorations for this time of the year......hardly any if any at all. At Debenhams I inquired of a manager as to where their decorations were and he just turned away laughing.
I am thankful that I still have the memory of when such stores were festooned in the spirit of Christmas....such a pity our children wont have the same memory's when older.
yes your right i did notice that the other day, also i recall one store last year had took everything down by Boxing day sales, and The Royals massive effort on their decor....that display really needs thinking about next season.
and where was the German market in Southend this year.
We still get bombarded with the crimbo greatest hits cd though. Spare a thought for the poor staff in those shops where it's on a loop from just after Guy Fawkes Night until the New Year...
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Broadwaywatch[/bold] wrote: Yes all the big stores want us to make the effort and spend our money at Christmas but how many of those stores have made any effort to make their premises festive with decorations for this time of the year......hardly any if any at all. At Debenhams I inquired of a manager as to where their decorations were and he just turned away laughing. I am thankful that I still have the memory of when such stores were festooned in the spirit of Christmas....such a pity our children wont have the same memory's when older.[/p][/quote]yes your right i did notice that the other day, also i recall one store last year had took everything down by Boxing day sales, and The Royals massive effort on their decor....that display really needs thinking about next season. and where was the German market in Southend this year.[/p][/quote]We still get bombarded with the crimbo greatest hits cd though. Spare a thought for the poor staff in those shops where it's on a loop from just after Guy Fawkes Night until the New Year... Howard Cháse

2:12pm Sat 21 Dec 13

emcee says...

Well I have ventured into Southend four times in the last two weeks (needs must), including today. I do not think it has been very busy at all. Also, what happened to the new market? I visited on the last two "market days" and both times saw about four (that is FOUR) stalls, and they were far apart from one another.
I very rarely venture into the High Street, because of extortianate parking fees and lack of shopping variety, but these last two weeks and four visits have convinced me that High Street shopping is, indeed, in its last throws.
There are many things Southend Council could have done to rejuvenate the High Street but the council has comitted far too little, far too late to help. Their own revenue collections in the short term seems to be more important than promoting the long term prosperity, and diverting the premature death, of Southend's town centre. It will take a miracle to save the High Street and Southend Council just do not give a d*mn.
Well I have ventured into Southend four times in the last two weeks (needs must), including today. I do not think it has been very busy at all. Also, what happened to the new market? I visited on the last two "market days" and both times saw about four (that is FOUR) stalls, and they were far apart from one another. I very rarely venture into the High Street, because of extortianate parking fees and lack of shopping variety, but these last two weeks and four visits have convinced me that High Street shopping is, indeed, in its last throws. There are many things Southend Council could have done to rejuvenate the High Street but the council has comitted far too little, far too late to help. Their own revenue collections in the short term seems to be more important than promoting the long term prosperity, and diverting the premature death, of Southend's town centre. It will take a miracle to save the High Street and Southend Council just do not give a d*mn. emcee

2:18pm Sat 21 Dec 13

emcee says...

DogsMessInLeigh wrote:
Nowthatsworthknowing wrote:
More bargains on line
True....but theres something about shopping at Christmas, and can you still put hand on heart for a delivery on time if shopping today, the free car parks are good...although i still see people paying, maybe some BIG clear signs saying FREE TODAY.....so who will get the last Turkey on the shelf...last knockings before the shops shut on the Eve.?
But that is the point. The High Street seems only to be used for those "last minute" purchases or by those still nervous about using the internet for shopping or those not quite internet savvy. However, many online outlets are now begining to guarantee naxt day delivery, even for delivery on Christmas eve, and those who do not use the internet are a rapidly dying breed.
[quote][p][bold]DogsMessInLeigh[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Nowthatsworthknowing[/bold] wrote: More bargains on line[/p][/quote]True....but theres something about shopping at Christmas, and can you still put hand on heart for a delivery on time if shopping today, the free car parks are good...although i still see people paying, maybe some BIG clear signs saying FREE TODAY.....so who will get the last Turkey on the shelf...last knockings before the shops shut on the Eve.?[/p][/quote]But that is the point. The High Street seems only to be used for those "last minute" purchases or by those still nervous about using the internet for shopping or those not quite internet savvy. However, many online outlets are now begining to guarantee naxt day delivery, even for delivery on Christmas eve, and those who do not use the internet are a rapidly dying breed. emcee

3:55pm Sat 21 Dec 13

Broadwaywatch says...

Sadly, long gone are the days of Keddies, Dixons, Woolworths the Talza Arcade etc and a decent decorated tree with multi coloured lights at Victoria Circus. Now we are left with few shops who decorate, even their shop windows and lights which are bland and cold. This council, big stored and shopkeepers in our high street should start looking at the festive season again through a child's eye.
Sadly, long gone are the days of Keddies, Dixons, Woolworths the Talza Arcade etc and a decent decorated tree with multi coloured lights at Victoria Circus. Now we are left with few shops who decorate, even their shop windows and lights which are bland and cold. This council, big stored and shopkeepers in our high street should start looking at the festive season again through a child's eye. Broadwaywatch

8:03pm Sat 21 Dec 13

max zorin says...

finished all my christmas shopping weeks ago, i don't see the point in leaving things to the last minute.
finished all my christmas shopping weeks ago, i don't see the point in leaving things to the last minute. max zorin

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