Yate Shopping Centre attracted more shoppers last year despite drop in festive visitors

January 30 2018

FOOTFALL at Yate Shopping Centre increased overall in 2017, despite fewer shoppers going to the precinct in the run-up to Christmas.

FOOTFALL at Yate Shopping Centre increased overall in 2017, despite fewer shoppers going to the precinct in the run-up to Christmas.

Numbers for the whole year went up by 0.8 per cent compared to 2016 but dropped by five per cent in the four weeks leading to Christmas, in line with the national trend for the festive period which reflected uncertainty in the retail sector and pressures on consumer spending.

During those four weeks, 1.16 million shoppers visited the centre compared with 1.22 million a year previously. 

The centre said visitors were affected by the pre-Christmas cold spell, the growth in on-line shopping, uncertainty over Brexit and the economy and pressures on disposable incomes.

Centre manager Andy Lowrey said: “Whereas the numbers are lower than last year, Yate has held up well against strong competition from other local centres.

“The retail market is extremely volatile. However, Yate has seen several new and prominent store openings in 2017 and now has only six vacant units out of 120, well below the national average.

“Although Christmas trading has been difficult, Yate Shopping Centre is in its best position for more than ten years.”