Wythenshawe Town Centre has reported record numbers of shoppers following a busy Christmas season. Footfall to the town centre in 2012 reached 6 million visitors, with the Christmas Laser Lights Spectacular Event bringing in large crowds.
The last full shopping week before Christmas (17 to 23 December 2012) brought in 123,232 visitors and around 3,000 people attended the festive celebrations, which included a laser light show, the arrival of Father Christmas and the Christmas lights switch on.
The busiest periods of the year were the Christmas period, festivals, bank holidays and school holidays. The best trading days continue to be Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays. The arrival of JD Sports in early December also brought in crowds of shoppers and the national retailer has reported fantastic sales in the town centre.
The high footfall rates are expected to continue in 2013 with major stores, including JD Sports, Costa Coffee and Wilkinson’s, bringing in high levels of shoppers.
Victoria Nichol, Wythenshawe Town Centre Manager, says: “As these record footfall figures show, 2012 was a great year for Wythenshawe Town Centre and we expect its success to continue throughout 2013. With the addition of national retailers like JD Sports and our plans to extend the Swan Walk Parade with additional retail space, we hope to attract more people to come and see what Wythenshawe has to offer.”
St. Modwen recently announced it has been granted planning permission to extend the existing Swan Walk Parade with an additional 7,500 sq ft of retail space. The parade, which is currently occupied by existing retailers Asda and B&M Bargains, will also receive a refurbishment to modernise the exterior and integrate with the design of the new section.
The £100 million Wythenshawe town centre development has long provided a variety of choice and quality retail for the local residents. Since entering a joint venture arrangement with Manchester City Council in 1997, St. Modwen has been working on a development plan to bring about the town centre’s regeneration. Wythenshawe Town Centre now comprises almost 360,000 sq ft of retail floor space, anchored by Asda, Argos, Boots, Home Bargains, Iceland and Wilkinson.
Plans have already begun for the fifth annual Wythenshawe Garden City Festival, which is organised and sponsored by St. Modwen.