Town to open early for Black Friday

Carnage at a retailer during last year's Black Friday
Carnage at a retailer during last year's Black Friday

Several of St Helens’ biggest retailers are to open early to make the most of Black Friday.

To celebrate this bargain event, the Mayor of St Helens Coun Steve Glover will be officially launching the day from Church Square at 6am, with customers asked to queue early to ensure they get their hands on the best deals from their favourite retailers.

In a bid to make St Helens town centre as accessible as possible for Black Friday shoppers, St Helens Council will also be opening council owned car parks free of charge from 5.30am allowing shoppers to be ready for the 6am launch.

This includes St Mary’s, Chalon way and Birchley street car parks.

Council leader Barrie Grunewald said: “This is planned to be one of the biggest, if not, the biggest sales day in modern British retail history.

“Any other independent or national retailers who want to part in the St Helens Black Friday event are encouraged to do so.”

Shops including British Home Stores, Argos, Boots, Tyrers Department Store, B&M Bargains, Fat Face, Game, H Samuel, Clark’s and Clare’s will all be open from 6am.

Michael Bracken, store manager of British Home Stores in Church Square, said: “The town centre wide Black Friday event has been in the planning for the last few months, and the support from St Helens Council, along with the management and fellow tenants at Church Square and Hardshaw, as well as Tyrers has been amazing.

“The whole town centre is well and truly ready to make this the best ever event for our customers and it’s not too late for any other retailers to join us.”

Many more retailers will be taking part in Black Friday, opening later in the morning, including Marks & Spencer, Topshop and OD’s.