Braehead Shopping Centre is set to open from 6am tomorrow as lockdown measures ease for the Renfrewshire area.
The pre-dawn opening is able to take place after the Scottish Government's decision to move 11 council areas - including Glasgow City and Renfrewshire - from Level 4 to Level 3, with non-essential retail able to open from 6am.
Stores opening at 6am include Marks and Spencer, New Look, JD Sports and Footasylum.
Braehead will also host a marathon shopping session at their Primark store, which plans to open at 9am on Friday and continue trading for 36 hours non-stop until 9pm the following day.
Braehead centre director, Peter Beagley said: “I’m sure that after three weeks of non-essential stores being closed in the run-up to the festive season, people will be keen to get their Christmas shopping done.
“We are accommodating that need by opening earlier than usual, so we can spread the load and give people more time to do that.”
However, Braehead have insisted that safety remains a priority for the team.
Peter Beagley continued: “The most important job for us at Braehead is to make sure we have a safe environment both for shoppers and our staff. And we will do this by continuing a rigorous regime of measures to stop the spread of the virus and to make sure Braehead is a safe place to visit and work.
“These measures include limiting the amount of shoppers in the centre at a time; automatic hand sanitisers throughout the centre; social distancing; a one-way system for getting around the centre and enhanced cleaning regimes along with visitors and staff wearing face coverings that protect everyone in the current coronavirus pandemic.
“We look forward to welcoming shoppers to Braehead and if we all play our part, we can still enjoy buying Christmas gifts and also have a safe and healthy festive season.”
Shoppers should however bear in mind the travel ban remains in place in all tier three areas and they should not cross local authority boundaries to visit shops or malls.