TWO Penneys stores in Dublin and one Cork store will keep their doors open all night this Friday in an attempt to ease Christmas shopping queues.
Outlets in Dundrum Town Centre and Blanchardstown Centre will power through from Friday morning to Saturday night.
The Dundrum and Blanchardstown Penneys stores will open at 8am on Friday December 18, right through to closing time on Saturday December 19.
In Cork the Penneys in the Wilton Shopping Centre will also open its doors at 8.30am on Friday and stay open until closing time on Saturday.
Penneys hope to ease lengthy queues with the extended opening hours as Christmas shoppers are expected to surge in numbers this weekend.
The retail giant will be updating customers via Twitter from 8pm on Friday evening with hourly queue updates for the three stores.
Since Penneys started re-opening its stores in May this year, it has put extensive health and safety measures in place across all stores, including a strict social distancing protocol, limits on the number of customers allowed in store and requiring the use of face coverings in queues and in store.
A spokesperson for Penneys said: “Ahead of Christmas, Penneys has put extended shopping hours in place across its stores specifically to manage customer demand by spreading shopping hours over a longer period of time.
“Penneys continues to closely follow all government advice in its stores, and as part of the rigorous health and safety measures in place, it has dedicated employees and extra security staff on hand to manage queues outside stores, in partnership with shopping centre management and local councils.
“To support overnight opening hours, Penneys has increased its night time security staff by almost 70 per cent to manage customer queues and help ensure customers feel safe when they are shopping.”
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Olivia Kelly, Director of Sales for Penneys added that the decision to keep the stores open all night was based on customer safety.
She said : “The safety of our employees and customers remains our highest priority. The ability to stay open through the night has meant more shoppers can shop safely with us over the festive season.
“We would like to thank customers for their continued cooperation on our social distancing policy and remind them to be considerate of our safety measures, and of others, both while queuing outside and in-store.”