Debenhams is kicking off early with an 8am opening, with Brown Thomas’s doors opening to bargain hunters an hour later.
A host of shops on Opera Lane, including River Island and New Look, will open at 8am, while Penneys on St Patrick’s Street is due to open at 12pm.
Meanwhile, Top Drawer at Fota Retail Park at Cobh Cross plans to sell one — and only one — 5ft bed and mattress worth €1,100 for €50 on Friday at 10am.
Cork Business Association chief executive Donal Healy welcomed the early morning opening plans by major retailers.
“It will give visitors to our city an opportunity to enjoy the vibrant shopping experience that Cork city now has to offer,” said Mr Healy.
While most of the city’s public car parks, and Merchant’s Quay car park, are closed on St Stephen’s Day, and the Black Ash park-and-ride service will not resume until Dec 28, Mr Healy said private car parks will be open for business as usual.
Meanwhile, Bus Éireann’s Nightrider bus services continue tonight and tomorrow night from the city to Carrigaline, Ballincollig, and Midleton. Buses on each service will depart from St Patrick’s St at 1am, 2am, and 3am.
The Carrigaline service departs from Brown Thomas and serves Douglas East Village, Maryborough Hill, and Carrigaline.
The Ballincollig service departs from Debenhams and serves Bishopstown via Curraheen Rd, Melbourne Rd, and Ballincollig.
The Midleton service departs from the Savoy and serves Glounthaune,Carrigtwohill, and Midleton.
Single journey fares are €3 to Douglas, Bishopstown, €5 to Ballincollig, Glounthaune, and Carrig-twohill, or €8 to Midleton.