2.5% rise in centre’s footfall bucks national retail trend

Jan 06, 2020

Santa Claus makes snow stopping appearance on the rooftop of centre:mk in Milton Keynes celebrating the start of the festive season. centre:mk, lights up the 20,000 sq ft Middleton Hall with the largest shopping centre grotto experience in the UK – Featuring a double height carousel, traditional nativity scene and speciality craft cabins; providing the perfect backdrop to the extraordinary home of Santa Claus centre:mk, one of the UK’s top 10 shopping destinations celebrates Christmas in style, with a specially curated lights scheme by legendary designer James Glancy All eyes were on Queens Court at centre:mk on Friday 11th November as Milton Keynes came together to launch the festive season with the official Christmas light switch on and Santa’s rooftop arrival Santa Claus arrives in style at centre:mk, as hundreds gather to admire the thousands of twinkling lights in Queens Court and the centre’s spectacular Christmas tree Santa Claus makes his spectacular rooftop arrival at centre:mk, one of the UK’s top 10 shopping destinations to light hundreds of thousands of tree lights, creating a stunning river of light from the centre in Milton Keynes

AN INCREASE in visitor footfall of 2.5% means that centre:mk is bucking the national retail trend, says its director.

The centre welcomed more than three million visitors over the  Christmas period, including 100,000 on Boxing Day alone.

Spend has been strong with some retailers reporting significant growth year on year sales. Popular sale items across the retailers included ladies fashion, smart TVs, jewellery and fragrances.

Kevin Duffy, centre:mk’s centre director.

Now centre:mk is looking forward to 2020 with confidence, said director Kevin Duffy. The increase in visitor numbers follows the centre’s £50 million investment programme that included the opening of the multi-story car park next to John Lewis and improvements to guest services.

A total ten retailers opened new premises in the centre last year, including the flagship Primark store, to join established brands including Next, River Island and John Lewis.

Mr Duffy said: “2019 has been a great success for centre:mk with shoppers continuing to flock to our centre. We are pleased to have welcomed so many new brands into the centre and look forward to welcoming more in 2020. 

“Our £50 million investment programme including our award-winning guest services and ‘smart’ car park reflects our ongoing commitment to both our retailers and shoppers and we believe centre:mk will go from strength to strength as we move into the new year. ”

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