One New Change, the new shopping centre located in the heart of The City of London, has reported good footfall figures for the Christmas period.
During December the centre received over 300,000 visitors and stores on site experienced a 28 per cent week-on-week sales surge during the seven days leading up to Christmas.
Opened at the end of October last year, One New Change hopes to capitalise on trade from tourists and workers around the financial district and it seems December’s snow did not slow it down.
Centre Director for One New Change, Robert Goodman, said: “The severe weather on what was usually a record weekend for the high street, along with the postal disruptions for online shoppers, seemed to work in our favour as our last five days of trading were the busiest we’ve seen since we opened our doors in October.”
Shopping centres may not have been affected in the same way as the high street by the heavy snowfall last month, with the relatively warm and prolonged escape from the wintery weather proving an attractive option for festive bargain hunters.
Bluewater shopping centre in Kent saw the busiest day in its history on December 27th with over 194,000 visitors on site and One New Change will hope that the trend for all-in-one retail hubs continues this year.
“The culmination of convenience for local office workers, and fantastic public transport routes to the mall for everyone in the capital and beyond meant we saw record sales and footfall figures in December. Let’s hope we can continue to build on this in 2011.”