Rise in festive footfall for shopping centre

A south east Northumberland shopping centre saw a sharp rise in its festive footfall figures over the Christmas week.

Manor Walks Shopping and Leisure in Cramlington saw its footfall figures during the period between December 22 and 26 increase by 6.5 per cent on the same week in 2013.

The increase has been attributed by Manor Walks in part to the number of retailers now offering a click and collect service at the centre, including M&S Simply Food, Argos, New Look and Dorothy Perkins.

Boxing Day figures were also up by over five per cent on the previous year, beating national figures from Ipsos Retail Performance, which reported footfall levels were nationally down 7.1 per cent on 2013. Prior to this, a busy Black Friday also saw the centre’s footfall increase on the same day in 2013.

Manor Walks’ general manager, Bruno Coppola said: “Christmas 2014 once again highlighted the fantastic community spirit that we have here in Cramlington.

“At Manor Walks, we like to reward our visitors and the response we have had to the seasonal entertainment and activities we organised has, as ever, been outstanding and was certainly reflected with the surge in our year-on-year footfall figures.

“This December, we were proud to offer visitors an enhanced shopping experience including wider choice following the arrival of a number of new brands in 2014 and greater convenience with many of our retailers now offering click and collect services.”

“After a fantastic 2014, we hope that our loyal customers continue to travel from across the region to shop, relax and dine with us, as well as make the most of our retail and leisure facilities including our multiplex Vue Cinema.”