21 November 2018

Black Friday 2018 UK Opening Times

Black Friday is fast approaching and retailers nationwide are preparing for the yearly retail event. Over the last few years, Black Friday has become increasingly popular in the UK with stores nationwide extending their hours in order to allow shoppers to snap up goods at unbelievably low prices.

The Black Friday phenomenon dates back to as early as the 1950s when the city of Philadelphia, USA, would descend into chaos the day after Thanksgiving. Shoppers and tourists would gather in the city purchasing goods all in preparation for a Navy-Army annual football game. The day was dubbed ‘Black Friday’ as the chaotic vehicle and pedestrian traffic meant that police were made to work extra-long shifts to help deal with the bedlam. Over time, the unofficial retail holiday grew in popularity and became a nationwide event.

In 2008, Asda launched its first UK Black Friday campaign, advertising great deals and extending its hours to accommodate shoppers. Along with it came the chaos that Black Friday is widely infamous for. However, this year there has been a shift in attitude due to the heavy criticism that Black Friday faces, thanks to the chaos that it has brought with it. In response, many retailers have shifted their focus online, offering great online discounts.

Many stores nationwide will still be offering discounted Black Friday discounts, however, some stores have opted-out and instead gone for alternative campaigns, such as like Asda’s “Green is the New Black Friday Sale” the following week.

To mark this year's Black Friday sales, we’ve created a list of some of the shopping centers opening their doors earlier and staying open later.

Black Friday opening times: 08:00 - 22:00 (usually 09:00 – 22:00)
Location: Greenhithe, Kent, DA9 9ST
Deals: The Disney Stores is offering 25% off everything whilst Jones bootmakers has 50% selected items until 26th November.
More info: https://bluewater.co.uk/your-visit/opening-hours

Oxford Street
Black Friday opening times: Stores vary, with some opening earlier at 09:00 – 21:00 (usually 10:00 – 21:00), and others staying open longer, i.e. 09:00 – 22:00 (usually 10:00 – 21:00)
Location: London
More info: https://www.oxfordstreet.co.uk/shop/

Trafford Centre
Black Friday opening times: 09:00 – 22:00 (usually 10:00 – 22:00)
Location: Stretford, Manchester M17 8AA
Deals: 20-50% off at selected stores.
More info: https://intu.co.uk/traffordcentre/centre-information/opening-times

Westfield (Stratford & Shepherd’s Bush)
Black Friday opening times: 08:00 - 22:00 (usually 09:00 – 21:00)
Locations: Montfichet Road, Olympic Park East, London, E20 1EJ & Ariel Way Shepherds Bush, London, W12 7GF &
Deals: John Lewis is offering 50% off all fashion and beauty lines, Dune has 20% off everything and Karen Millen has 25% off everything.
More info: https://uk.westfield.com/london/centre-info/hours

Brent Cross
Black Friday opening times: 09:00 – 21:00 (usually 10:00 – 20:00)
Location: Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Prince Charles Drive, London, NW4 3FP
Deals: Accessorize has 20% off silver jewelry and Aldo has 40% off selected items.
More info: https://www.brentcross.co.uk/visitor-info/opening-times

Liverpool One
Black Friday opening times: 09:00 – 21:00 (usually 09:30 – 20:00)
Location: 5 Wall St, Liverpool L1 8JQ
Deals: Adidas is offering 30% off everything up until 27th November, Ann Summers has 20% off everything in store with 50% off special buys, and GAP has 50% off all full price items.
More info: https://www.liverpool-one.com/plan-your-visit/opening-times/

Black Friday opening times: 08:00 - 22:00 (usually 10:00 – 20:00)
Location: Birmingham B5 4BU
Deals: Barbour has 20% off everything in store, plus Ben Sherman has 20% off.
More info: https://www.bullring.co.uk/visitor-info/opening-times