Sexton for Men, Thomas Street is taking part in Black Friday - Picture: Adrian Butler
HUNDREDS of people have took to the streets of Limerick today to find some Black Friday bargains in the lead up to Christmas, with less than four weeks to go.
The Black Friday phenomenon has only reached Ireland in recent years but shops all over Limerick have reduced their prices for today or for the whole weekend as part of the American craze.
Large crowds of eager shoppers went to the Crescent Shopping Centre in Dooradoyle today and many were seen queueing outside shops before they opened at 9am this morning.
“We look forward to welcoming people to the Crescent for events over the weekend,” said manager John Davitt.
There are fantastic offers in the over 90 stores in the centre, with reductions ranging from 10% to 70%.
Black Friday also coincides with the centre’s Christmas tree lighting ceremony which will take place at 5pm this evening.
There will be live music entertainment from RTE Junior’s Emma O’Driscoll accompanied by Unity Gospel Choir, who will be singing Christmas songs and handing out sweets and treats.
Employee at Furniture Wholesale David Dunphy said that the reductions in the store are “genuine” and “good value”.
“As a special offer we’re doing a black leather reclining suite for €699, down from €899,” said the employee at the Ballysimon Road store.
“We have reduced items that were already reasonably priced and great value,” he explained, adding that this is the first year that the store have bought into the Black Friday craze.
Their sale began yesterday and will extend until close of business on Sunday.
Likewise, staff at Soundstore in the Ballysimon Road have said that there has been a noticeable surge in business today and that they are “extremely busy” as a result of their huge Black Friday sale.
Many of the stores across Limerick will have further reductions for the duration of the weekend but shoppers are advised to get in early before all of the best offers are gone.