Longford retailers rejoice at busiest Black Friday extravaganza to date

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Plenty of red-hot bargains for shoppers on chilly Black Friday in Longford

Black Friday in Longford has been receiving rave reviews from local retailers after shoppers turned out in force to cash in on some pre Christmas bargains.

One of the busiest shopping days of the year and one which officially kick started the festive shopping experience, 'Black Friday' in Longford town last week proved to be a resounding success.

Over 100 local businesses signed up to take part in the Chamber of Commerce’s initiative and Chamber President, Niamh Donlon, said traders had enjoyed one of the busiest Black Fridays since Longford became the first town to promote the event five years ago.

Meanwhile, local traders told the Leader that business was brisk on the day.

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“It went pretty well now I have to say,” Peter Dolan, Spirit Clothing, added.

“The whole town was buzzing and that was wonderful to see.”

Mr Dolan went on to say that it was one of the most successful Black Friday events since its inception back in 2013 and pointed to the fact that there was amazing bargains to be got in town.

“There were great offers everywhere; we had some great deals at Spirit Clothing ourselves and people seemed genuinely pleased with what they got,” he added.

“People came into the town and spent money in the stores and that is all we want really.”
Eoin McGinnity of Providers also pointed to the positive aspects of the day, however he did warn that the Black Friday event impacts negatively on December trade.

“We had our busiest Black Friday since the event began,” added Mr McGinnity.

“Sales were up 20% actually on last year’s Black Friday, so that was very positive, and it was our busiest day in 66 years in business.

“The only problem is that Black Friday does affect December trading, but we just have to get on with it.”