Why footfall is up and Freshney Place has had a good 2018
Will 2019 be a good year for the High Street and centres such as Freshney Place in Grimsby? (Image: GrimsbyLive)
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 2 Jan 2019
Freshney Place bosses claim the complex is "bucking the national trend" as it reveals footfall is up on 2017.
Lincolnshire's largest shopping centre enjoyed a "robust" festive trading period and a "good year generally" while high street retail across the country continues to struggle.
But despite the good news, London-based property firm Capreon is still looking to sell the 50,000sq ft centre - with a cool £70 million being sought.
Freshney Place in Grimsby (Image: GrimsbyLive)
Centre director at Freshney Place Amanda Austin said: "Our year on year figures to date, are up on 2017 and it's particularly pleasing to see how well the centre has performed in the current, challenging retail conditions, bucking the national trend with a growth in footfall."
She attributes the success to the "diverse retail offering" as well as a number of new store openings throughout the year, including Deichmann and Bargain Buys.
She said: "Our excellent customer service also plays a huge part, contributing to our shoppers overall experience.
"It’s fair to say that Freshney Place is well positioned to deliver a shopping experience that meets current day needs which is illustrated not only by healthy footfall but robust conversion rates.
"Shoppers today are well informed, they’re also time poor - they know what they want and with easy parking and a great selection of stores under one roof they can get what they need quickly and conveniently."
North East Lincolnshire councillor, Hazel Chase joins Bargain Buys staff at official opening (Image: Jon Corken/GrimsbyLive)
Freshney Place has close to 90 shops, covering both hugely popular high street brands and delightful, small, independent boutiques.
This year kicked off with the opening of the new Primark, tripling the size of the popular retailer’s unit and employing 131 people.
Other arrivals included Deichmann, Bargain Buys, Bootroom, and Pep&Co as well as the significant upsizing of Poundland and the return of Game.
December has also seen the opening of a large home store for the British Heart Foundation, St Andrews Hospice and Ramsdens Jewellers.