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Jessops Birmingham reopen for business

Jessops has reopened in Birmingham city centre this morning Credit: ITV News Central

Birmingham has been chosen as one of the first cities to relaunch the camera chain store Jessops.

Dragons' Den star and businessman Peter Jones bought the brand and certain assets after the Leicester based firm went bust at the start of the year.

Also reopening today is the branch on London's Oxford Street.

This weekend four more stores will start trading again in Manchester, High Wycombe, Aberdeen and St Albans, with 30 more planned to re-open throughout April.

Peter Jones: 'Jessops' image is everything'

Speaking about today's relaunch of camera chain Jessops, new Chief Executive Peter Jones said:

"I believe Jessops is an iconic British brand which can lead the retail resurgence on Britain's high streets, powered by new innovations and world-leading, expert staff.

"Image is everything, and even in the mobile and tablet era, there's no substitute for a quality camera when it comes to taking the perfect picture."

– Peter Jones, Chairman & Chief Executive Jessops


Thirty more Jessops stores planned across the country

Thirty more Jessops stores are due to re-open across the country as part of a £4 million investment by tycoon and TV personality Peter Jones.

The Dragons' Den star bought the brand and certain assets after the Leicester-based camera retailer collapsed in January.

Stores have reopened in Birmingham and also in London's Oxford Street today.It was the first high profile retailer to go into administration this year.

It is not yet clear where the stores will be - but the store's new website will go live at midday.

Recession, what recession? 1am queues for record Highcross Boxing Day sales

Shoppers queued from as early as 1am to catch the sales. Credit: Highcross Shopping Centre

More than 80,000 people visited Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester yesterday with consumers queuing from as early as 1am for the Boxing Day sales.

More than 1.5m people visited Highcross Credit: Highcross Shopping Centre

More than 1.5 million shoppers entered the centre in the run up to Christmas with many more expected in the days leading up to the New Year.

Highcross expect two million shoppers through their doors for December Credit: Highcross Shopping Centre

Highcross saw a year-on-year sales increase of 3% for December with total sales for the year up 5%.

The shopping centre expects a total of two million shoppers through their doors for the month of December.


Thousands queue after midnight for Bullring sales

Thousands of people eager to take full advantage of the Bullring Boxing Day sales queued from 12.20am this morning in Birmingham.

The line of people waiting for the shops to open stretched from St Martin's Walk and into St Martin's Square.

The Bullring Managers expected 200,000 customers to flock to the shopping centre today where some stores opened at 7am:

"Three of the centre’s biggest retailers, Selfridges, Debenhams and Next have all launched their iconic sales today.

“Tomorrow we expect to see in the region of 150,000 shoppers visit the centre as they take advantage of the continued sales.”

– Tim Walley, General Manager

Sales come early

Sales shoppers Credit: PA

The traditional Boxing Day Sales came early today as rival brands tried to get a final boost to their annual takings.

Online sales began as early as lunchtime for Marks and Spencer, with John Lewis beginning at 17:00.

340,000 shoppers are predicted to have visited the Bullring shopping centre.

The General Manager, Tim Walley, said the timing of Christmas this year, which effectively added an extra weekend, should guarantee big takings.

Busiest Saturday in three years at Leicester's Highcross Shopping Centre

The Highcross Shopping Centre in Leicester city centre has said that yesterday was the busiest day before Christmas in three years, with almost 100,000 people walking through its doors.

On top of its footfall success, the shopping centre is also reporting a three per cent growth in 2012 against the buying trends of 2011 – with menswear, footwear and health & beauty proving to be good sellers.

Jo Tallack – the manager of the Highcross Shopping centre believes consumer confidence is returning following a double dip recession.

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