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Kent shoppers hunt for Black Friday bargains

Pictures from Bluewater in Kent show eager bargain hunters taking to the shops to take advantage of the US-inspired Black Friday sales before Christmas.

A family carries away a discounted 48" television from Currys PC World Credit: © Bluewater
A shopper carries away a discounted sound station from Currys PC World Credit: © Bluewater
Topshop employees rally after a pep talk as they prepare to open the store to shoppers at Bluewater Credit: © Bluewater

McDonald's fire at Bluewater shopping centre in Kent

Crews from Kent Fire & Rescue Service were called to the Bluewater shopping centre after a fire at a McDonalds restaurant on the site this afternoon.

The Winter Garden area of the complex was closed to the public for an hour and a half while firefighters dealt with the incident. No-one was injured.

Firefighters were called to the site at 12.55, they dealt with a small fire and left at 1.19pm. The A spokesperson for Bluewater said that the Winter Garden has reopened for business, but the restaurant will remain closed for the rest of the day.

The Winter Garden at Bluewater was closed after a small fire in a restaurant Credit: Fraser Ross

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Shopping centre records busiest day of the year

Christmas shopping takes off Credit: PA Wires

Bluewater experienced its busiest day of the year yesterday, with a footfall of almost 160,000, driven by pay day and the holidays beginning. Combined with some retailer’s running flash sales, the shopping centre experienced a busier weekend than Black Friday at the beginning of November.

A further 100,000 people are expected to bag a last minute present on Christmas Eve. The surge in footfall was reflected by consumer spend. Average spend per group this Christmas is expected to exceed £200.

600 permanent and temporary jobs going at Bluewater

Bluewater is holding its second Jobs Fayre of the year Credit: Press Association Images

Bluewater has organised its second Jobs Fayre of the year, which is being held today.

Over 2000 people will be interviewed for a number of temporary and permanent jobs at more than fifty of the shopping centre's shops and restaurants.

It will hopefully have a huge impact on the employment rates in the area.

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Bluewater set to expand

Bluewater will now grow by another fifth Credit: Press Association

More than two thousand jobs are set to be created as part of plans to expand a shopping centre in Kent.

The proposal to increase Bluewater's capacity by twenty per cent was approved by Dartford council, but contested by neighbouring council Gravesham, who asked the government to intervene because they feared it will put retailers off coming to a new shopping quarter in Gravesend.

But now the government has confirmed that it won't be challenging Dartford Council's decision to grant planning permission.

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