Bath furniture store Silcox Son and Wicks to open on Sunday for the first time in 112 years
A Bath store will open on a Sunday for the first time in its 112-year history as it mounts its high-profile Christmas sale.
Furniture store Silcox Son and Wicks will start its winter sale at 9am next Thursday.
The firm's Christmas and summer sales always attract long queues and bargain- hunters are likely to start lining up on Boxing Day.
The Kingsmead Square store will open on Sundays, from 11am to 4pm for the duration of the sale, which runs throughout January and into February.
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The firm says that the recession is likely to bring even more shoppers to its door.
Examples of some of the bargains to be had include a solid oak four poster bed with silk mattress reduced from £1,798 to £799, a three-seater sofa from £1,499 to £199, a solid oak contemporary sideboard from £689 to £199 and a bedroom chest down from £499 to £50.
Mirrors, cushions, lamps and clocks will also be part of the sale.
Store manager Charlie Wicks said: "This is a genuine sale. Obviously we would not normally sell goods for these sort of prices but we always like to rotate our stock.
"Fashions change with the seasons in the furniture industry which is why we are offering such big deals in order to make way for new stock."
"Our sales have got bigger and bigger but after this many years we've got it nailed now. Everyone knows what we're doing and it's pretty slick. We're just keeping our fingers crossed that people turn up – no matter what the weather."
Linzi Flower, the store's new accessories manager, said she was looking forward to her first sale.
"I'd heard about them before as they are quite famous around here. I must confess I'm a bit nervous but I know it will be great fun."
The firm has been holding sales since the 1950s and celebrated its centenary in 2000.