New Westgate Shopping centre in Oxford
From The Oxford Mail:
The opening of the Westgate led to a rise in footfall in Oxford city centre this year, new figures have revealed.
Footfall counters in Queen Street, Cornmarket and St George’s Place recorded a 3.1 per cent rise compared to the previous year to date.
During the week of the Westgate opening, October 23-29, some 929,260 visitors were recorded in the city centre.
The busiest day was Saturday October 28 with 160,027 visitors, approximately 10,000 more than an average Saturday.
The increase compares to an average year to date change percentage of +0.3 in the South East Region, and -0.8% for the UK as a whole.
Cornmarket Street was still recorded as the busiest location.
Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council, said: “The latest footfall figures reflect a vibrant city centre whose retail offer has been greatly enhanced by the opening of Westgate Oxford.
“The confirmation of Cornmarket as the busiest location is encouraging as this means that business continues to be brisk in other parts of the city centre.”
The city council also reported that there are currently 20 empty units – or 6.4% – in retail areas of the city centre.
Mr Price continued: “There is still a high demand for retail space in the centre of Oxford and the migration of some of the existing retailers to the Westgate provides a great opportunity for other businesses to secure premises in the heart of the city, and this demand will continue to be monitored.
“The Council is working with the landlords of all the vacant units to discuss future leasing plans.”
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The new Centre is easy to get to from the Olive Tree Suite, a convenient bus ride into the town centre takes typically 10-15 minutes.
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