A Northumberland shopping centre has revealed a sharp rise in footfall – reflecting the growth in national consumer spending announced by the Office of National Statistics (ONS).
Manor Walks Shopping & Leisure in Cramlington saw an increase in visitors during December 2013 as its footfall increased by 5% on the previous year, equivalent to a 5.3% uplift in UK retail sales as reported by the ONS.
Bosses at Manor Walks also reported that December 23, 2013 was their busiest Monday on record with more than 54,000 shoppers, while numbers on Boxing Day were also up by 23%.
The period between December 26 and 31, 2013 was also up by 10% on the same week in 2012.
The centre attributes its success to its multi-million pound redevelopment which has more than 100 retailers, including a 3,500 sq ft Prezzo eaterie and 4,000 sq ft Frankie & Benny’s restaurant, as well as new stores, such as Dunelm, Currys and PC World.
The centre, which has created around 250 new jobs, also has Northumberland’s only 1,800-seat 3D multiplex cinema, built by London-based developer Hammerson. The developer also revamped six shop units.
Manor Walks’ general manager Bruno Coppola said: “This December we were proud to offer our loyal visitors an enhanced leisure offering, which includes a multiplex Vue Cinema.
“The new-look South Mall is also home to restaurants such as Prezzo and Frankie & Benny’s, as well as many more shops to visit from Dunelm and Maplin to Curry’s & PC World on our redeveloped retail park.”