‘Come to the shops’ during the Boxing Day sale taking place in Derby

Now that the gifts have been awarded, the wrapping paper is filling the trash and the Christmas dinner is up, thoughts turn to the Boxing Day sale.

Dozens of shops across the city are currently opening their doors to customers, with lots of different offers and offers to be had when the cleanup for the new year begins.

This year has been a year like nothing as the coronavirus pandemic continues to break out, but merchants and shop owners who are opening shops are expecting an increase.

We spoke with a number of outlets about their plans for Boxing Day, the sales they have, and the safety measures they have in place to keep buyers safe.

Jonathan Kealey has owned Lapel Clothing on Green Lane for nearly 35 years and has encouraged buyers in Derby and Derby to support the city’s independent merchants.

Her fashion shop had to close twice due to the global pandemic and now she hopes to make a profit with lively sales.

Mr Kealey told Derbyshire Live: “We will be open from 9am on Boxing Day and it will be the only day where everything in store will be reduced.

“It is a very difficult time, very different from other years. Sometimes busy but not busy enough. We have closed four months this year.

“It’s strange that people can’t go somewhere for coffee. Usually they shop and then go somewhere to drink but they couldn’t do it this year,

I think the footsteps at Derby are half of what happened last year.

“Important people support independent shops because without them we wouldn’t exist. Without independents there would be no High Street as many large chains are now centered in shopping centers.

“Come and see us and keep smiling. Things will get better.”

MacArthurGlen will be open from 8am to 8pm on Boxing Day and has a series of measures to keep people safe.

Their website reads: “In line with the latest UK Government update, the stores at the East Midlands Designer Outlet reopen on Wednesday, 2 December.

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“The welfare of our customers, brand partners and employees remains of the utmost importance to us.

“Our center has obtained Bureau Veritas SafeGuard Covid-19 certification, which is based on the actions we have taken to manage and reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, in line with current good practice, in line with local and national guidelines.

“We encourage you to refer to Government guidelines on local travel restrictions when planning your visit. We will update this website regularly as we open, so please continue to check for more information.”

McArthurGlen is also working with Kingsway Primary School to launch Design a Smile, a creative project that supports local communities and highlights the importance of working together to keep each other safe from Covid-19.

The site asks students to design their own face cover that is inspired by smiles and a positive attitude.

The Derby Center, formerly Intu Derby, is closed on Christmas Day, but reopens as Boxing Day sales begin.

The city’s shopping malls will be open for the remainder of the festive season, but opening hours will vary on some days including New Year’s Day, when most shops will close. On Saturday, December 26, the site will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Adam Tamsett, general manager at Derby Center, comments: “This Boxing Day, Derby Center will be open from 9am to 6pm, with a number of our favorite retailers such as H&M, Whistles, BOSS and Disney offering up to 50% of the items selected at in the shop.

“While we anticipate a busy center, we have stepped up security measures across the center, with staff on standby to help manage footsteps, improved cleaning regimes at all visitor contact points, hand sanitizing stations, as well as requirements for full face covering.

“Visitors can rest assured that Derby Center is a safe place to shop and we encourage everyone to enjoy themselves responsibly and take care of one another during the festive period.”

Primark will also be open on Boxing Day from 9am to 6pm and has a number of safety measures in place.

A spokesperson said: “Primark does not participate in the Christmas sales because we offer high value prices all year round.

“Nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our employees and customers, and in line with government guidelines, we continue to implement extensive security measures.

“These include strict social distancing protocols, limits on the number of customers allowed in shops, hand sanitization stations upon entry, Perspex screens or booths in factories, use of face masks in-shop and increased cleaning in-stores.”