Yate sparkles during Christmas Trading Period
Yate Shopping Centre has sparkled in the annual battle to attract visitors over the Christmas period.
Nearly 1.2 million shoppers were counted visiting Tescos and the main centre walkways during December 2015, an 0.85% increase over the previous year and the busiest December since the Tesco Extra opened.
The 0.85% increase is very significant when compared to national and regional trends: nationally visitors were down 1.9% and regionally 1.2%.
Andy Lowrey, Yate Shopping Centre Manager: “These figures are very encouraging and show that Yate Shopping Centre is a key shopping attraction to local and regional visitors.
“Whereas many of the new shops and restaurants at Yate Riverside are now open, we still have a lot of work to do. The new retailers at Yate Riverside are already very popular attractions but it won’t be until the Spring that the cinema and Dean’s Diner will be open. This will give added strength to the Centre’s offer and will be really exciting times.
“I would also expect the Cineworld to make a significant impact on footfall next Christmas as people will be able to watch the top newly released films in Yate and won't have to drive further afield.
“The increase in footfall is so important to the independent traders who have benefitted from the attraction of the big name high street stores. Now that Yate Riverside is nearing completion our focus will be on addressing the vacant units in the main Centre to drive up traffic through the Centre. We are already in discussions with several national and local operators about new lets and hope to make some exciting announcements in the near future.”
Full details on the shops, events and facilities at Yate Shopping Centre can be found at their website at www.yateshoppingcentre.co.uk