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 Veronica Costello, Mallow, with children Eabha and Ella and (second right) Mary Crowley, Sunday’s Well, enjoying the sales in the city centre. Picture: Larry Cummins
Veronica Costello, Mallow, with children Eabha and Ella and (second right) Mary Crowley, Sunday’s Well, enjoying the sales in the city centre. Picture: Larry Cummins
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Bargain hunters hit the Cork shops

BARGAIN hunters have been out in their droves for the post-Christmas sales.

Shops and streets were busy across the city over the last 48 hours as the spending season continues.

Manager of #45 Andy O’Brien said they opened on Stephen’s Day and trade was brisk.

“We had queues outside the door," he said,

"People had a plan in place, they were very strategic about it. Next opened at 6am, Brown Thomas opened at 9am and then we opened at 9.30am so they did the rounds!” 

 Sales staff Tosh Finnegan and JennyCorcoran in Casey’sFurniture, Oliver Plunkett Street / Grand Parade. Picture:Larry Cummins

Sales staff Tosh Finnegan and Jenny
Corcoran in Casey’s
Furniture, Oliver Plunkett Street / Grand Parade.

Picture:
Larry Cummins

Mr O’Brien said it was “good shopping weather” and they were sure to be busy throughout the day.

“We have over 20 staff working in the store, We have three floors of stock and each floor has to be serviced.” 

The retail manager said that suits were by far the busiest section. 

“We have just one full-priced wall at the moment, everything else is 40-60% off, but the suits are what people are coming in for. They are flying out the door.” 

Shopper Callie Walsh from Passage West said she was a bit disappointed with the sales. 

“I got a few bits but what I wanted was gone and some of the shops are not open, I think the real bargains will be got over the next few days," she said.

“I’ll be keeping an eye out, as the days go by, more stuff is brought out.” 

Callie said she was in at 9.15am to skip the traffic. 

“It was very handy I just sailed into parking at Merchants Quay.” 

Niamh Daly from Killeagh was also in town at 9.15am. 

“I’m getting on grand. I'm very happy with the sales, there is good stock out.” 

Niamh came into town with her sister Aisling.

“We came into to grab a few bargains, she is wandering around there somewhere.” 

 Staff member Michael McElhinney and manager Denis Stanton in Gentleman’s Quarters, Patrick Street, which Denis says has been exceptionally busy since Stephen’s Day. Picture: Larry Cummins

Staff member Michael McElhinney and manager Denis Stanton in Gentleman’s Quarters, Patrick Street, which Denis says has been exceptionally busy since Stephen’s Day. Picture: Larry Cummins

The savvy shopper said she picked up a few choice pieces. 

“I got a pair of Vans shoes from Office, H&M skirt and a t-shirt from Topshop.

“I’m heading to Debenhams next and then Brown Thomas, I’m not looking for anything in particular, I’m just floating," said Niamh.

Colm Horgan from Blackrock was also in town having a gander at the sales. 

“I got a gift voucher for Superdry and I came in and bought a jumper and now I’m going home.” 

 Avril and Barry Maxwell, Bishopstown, shopping in Casey’s Furniture, Oliver Plunkett Street and Grand Parade. Picture: Larry Cummins

Avril and Barry Maxwell, Bishopstown, shopping in Casey’s Furniture, Oliver Plunkett Street and Grand Parade. Picture: Larry Cummins

Colm said he was in Mahon Point on Stephen’s Day with the family and it was bananas. “I was out with my wife Sabrina and my two children Ava and Finn and it was crazy.

“It was impossible to park and very busy. We stayed about an hour and headed away then.” 

Manager of Gentleman’s Quarter Denis Stanton said they had been exceptionally busy on Stephen’s Day and yesterday.

“We were very busy despite the wet weather. Check suits are very popular at the moment, People are stocking up for work. Accessories, such as socks and belts, are in high demand as well.”