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Grinning Trafford Centre and city centre

Peel behemoth boasts record August, city centre ‘booms’

Published on September 7th 2010.

Grinning Trafford Centre and city centre

The Trafford Centre had record summer visitor figures for the month of August, with footfall up 13.5 per cent on the same month last year.

The centre had also recorded a year on year rise of 9.3 per cent for July, according to its latest figures.

Gordon McKinnon, director of operations, said: “It’s been an extremely good summer for trade at The Trafford Centre. The number of people visiting has continued to increase throughout the year and we’re now 10% up on 2009 figures year-to-date.

“Summer trading has no doubt been helped by this year’s trend for the ‘staycation’ – with many people opting to holiday closer to home. This makes a visit to The Trafford Centre a good option for families looking for a full day’s leisure activity.”

“We’re also clearly benefiting from significant continued investment in our stores, with new attractions like Legoland Discovery Centre and the Museum of Museums, coupled with a number of very attractive new store and restaurant openings in recent weeks.

“This season has seen the opening of a new 8,000 sq ft Mamas & Papas flagship store, along with ladies fashion stores like Guess, Radley, Pandora and Lipsy.

“Other stores, including Next, H+M and Bank, have also extended and refurbished their existing stores. On the food and drink side we’ve recently opened ChaoBaby, a Thai restaurant from the Chaophraya group, a second Barburitto unit, and a Gourmet Burger Kitchen.

“In addition to all this, we’ve provided quirky attractions over the summer such as a 3D cinema, a Victorian carousel and bungee trampolines for our younger shoppers. And of course the famous Appy Feet store has made a splash with customers keen to have their feet massaged by hundreds of little nibble fish.”

Sounds fabulous and ooh la la but actually there are more empty units in the Trafford Centre than ever before. So maybe it’s only a cautious good news figure.

Back in the city centre, the region’s Head Office of retail, city centre management company CityCo says that retail ‘continues to boom’.

To quote: ‘Retail turnover has seen 6% or above year-on-year increases for the last quarter. With the opening of The Avenue (Spinningfields) in the autumn, the money being poured into redevelopment of the major stores, and the renaissance of King Street, the city centre continues to lead the region. And, of course, the CityCo style campaign launches in October.’

Let’s hope the renaissance of King Street becomes reality and that ‘the boom’ increases to such an extent we can all see and benefit from it.

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BoombollocksSeptember 8th 2010.

Both the Trafford Centre and the city centre might be doing all right in terms of sales but all the empty units in both places look really and may affect the long term future

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