London shopping centre One New Change is committed to running business as usual, despite the highly-publicised anti-capitalist protesters that continue to camp nearby.
Located opposite St Paul’s Cathedral, the centre opened one year ago today and has reported strong trading throughout the year, which it claims has not been affected by the protest, now entering its 14th day.
Surprisingly, the shopping centre reported a record week of trading last week, aside from Christmas 2010, reporting a double digit percentage increase week-on-week, driven by the lead-up to half-term.
Centre Director Robert Goodman said that the protesters, who have set up a camp of over 200 tents beside the historic cathedral, have caused minimum disruption to shoppers.
“It is business as usual at One New Change,” he commented.
“There have been no incidents or impact to trading as a result of the protests, which have been peaceful and contained to date. As always, we are in regular contact with the City of London Police.”
The centre houses a wide range of well-known retailers including Topshop, Office and Mango, as well as a number of food outlets.
Earlier this year, online grocer Ocado launched a pop-up store at the centre, offering an innovative concept involving an integrated window display that allowed shoppers to scan a barcode onto their smartphones and then get groceries delivered to their door.
Coming up later in the year, the centre will also be involved in the Cheapside Traffic Free Christmas Shopping Day.
A first in the area, the initiative will take place on December 3rd and will see the Royal Exchange and Leadenhall open for the first time on a Saturday.