SHOPPING CENTRE DEVELOPMENTS FOLLOW EXCELLENT CHRISTMAS TRADING
Christmas trading at Yate Shopping Centre was 'excellent' with annual footfall increases of nearly 6% in November and over 5% in December.
Furthermore 2014 has kicked off with Anytime Fitness opening this week and work due to start shortly on the fit-out of Bottelinos new restaurant in North Parade.
Andrew Lowrey, Shopping Centre Manager, said: "It's good to be able to report excellent trading figures for the Christmas period especially as there seems to be a mixed bag of results being reported by national operators and other centres.
"In the year ahead we will be looking to build on this success and already Anytime Fitness has opened its doors for trading in the former nightclub on East Walk. We are hoping to have Bottelinos open by early Spring, enhancing the centre's northern frontage.
"Obviously 2014 is going to be an important year for the Centre as we hope to make real progress on the cinema development adjacent to the Link Road overflow car park. We anticipate the planning application will go before a planning committee by Easter but it's important that people who support these proposals ensure their comments are submitted to South Gloucestershire Council as soon as possible, details of which are on the Centre's website..
"We are talking to several potential new national tenants as a result of last year's marketing campaigns and the exposure and success Yate Shopping Centre enjoyed and received as a finalist at the British Council of Shopping Centres, Gold Awards 2013.
"These Awards recognised the changes that have been put in place by the owners over recent years to expand and enhance the retailing experience. By attracting these new tenants we will be continuing to address and fill the gaps in the Centre's existing offer. They would occupy the proposed new retail units adjoining the cinema or could move into any reconfigured units within the existing Centre."