Busy Christmas sees Yate Shopping Centre buck the visitor trend with footfall increase

January 31 2016

NEARLY 1.2 million shoppers gave a festive boost to Yate Shopping Centre, which had its busiest December since 2011.

Yate Shopping Centre

NEARLY 1.2 million shoppers gave a festive boost to Yate Shopping Centre, which had its busiest December since 2011.
The month’s footfall was up 0.85 per cent on the same period in 2014 and compared favourably with national and regional trends, which saw numbers go down.
Centre manager Andy Lowrey said: “These figures are very encouraging and show that Yate Shopping Centre is a key shopping attraction to local and regional visitors.”
Although many of the shops and restaurants in the new Riverside extension are now open, Mr Lowrey said there was still a lot of work to do before the £25 million project, which includes a Cineworld cinema, was finished.
He said: “The new retailers at Yate Riverside are already very popular attractions but it won’t be until the spring that the cinema and Dean’s Diner will be open. This will give added strength to the centre’s offer and will be really exciting times.
“I would also expect the Cineworld to make a significant impact on footfall next Christmas as people will be able to watch the top newly released films in Yate and won’t have to travel further afield.
“The increase in footfall is so important to the independent traders who have benefited from the attraction of the big name high street stores.
“Now that Yate Riverside is nearing completion, our focus will be on addressing the vacant units in the main centre to drive up traffic through the centre.
“We are already in discussions with several national and local operators about new lets.”
One new arrival already confirmed is technology and entertainment product retailer CeX, which will open in early February in North Walk with a staff of eight recruited via the town’s Jobcentre Plus.
Mr Lowrey said: “This is another great attraction for the centre, with particular appeal to the younger market. The fact that an international retailer with branches all over the world has chosen to open in Yate demonstrates our importance in the regional shopping hierarchy.”
December 2015 was the first festive trading period to feature businesses at Riverside, which is on the former overflow car park, off Link Road.
It will be completed after Dean’s Diner opens at the end of April and the cinema shows its first films in May.