Kent shopping centres and high streets braced for busiest weekend of year with surge in last-minute Christmas shoppers
Last-minute shoppers are expected to flock to Kent's high streets and shopping centres .
Footfall at Bluewater, in Greenhithe, was estimated to exceed 500,000 this weekend as the shopping centre prepares for its busiest few days of the year.
Last-minute Christmas shoppers will hit Kent's high streets
The centre has already announced nearly 20 stores will stay open until midnight on Monday, the last full day of trading.
The shopping centre welcomed more than 320,000 guests on the first weekend of its Christmas trading on Friday, November 15 - partly attributed to a visit by Gravesend-born X Factor star Tamera Foster for its lights switch-on.
It saw a 7% increase in footfall year-on-year on the so-called Black Friday on November 29 and payday Saturday. Over that weekend, it welcomed more than 350,000 shoppers.
Shoppers are expected to flock to shopping centres including Bluewater this weekend
Bluewater general manager Robert Goodman said: "This weekend is likely to see a similar surge in sales and footfall to Black Friday, but driven largely by need rather than retailer promotions.
"For some, the weekend is the last chance to shop in earnest for Christmas presents, and our stores are going to be busy."
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