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Jan 23 2013

Harrow Town Centre Sees Increase in Christmas Shoppers

st_georges_harrowTown Centre traders welcomed more shoppers during the run-up to Christmas compared to the same month a year ago, latest figures reveal.

Footfall figures for the week before Christmas showed St George’s Shopping Centre enjoyed a two per cent increase in the number of shoppers who visited the centre – a total of 948,690 shoppers compared to 929,451 the year before. St Ann’s Shopping Centre also saw an increase of 1.7 per cent compared to last year.

Harrow Council Portfolio Holder for Regeneration and Planning, Cllr Keith Ferry, said: “Supporting the Town Centre and local businesses is a top priority for the Council, they are the economic driving force behind the borough. These latest figures show the events we held in the town centre helped to attract thousands more to the town centre who may otherwise have done their Christmas shopping elsewhere. We created a diverse and interesting shopping experience for visitors and successfully encouraged local shoppers to remain loyal to their local town centre.”

Darren Harman, St George’s Shopping Centre Manager, added: “It has been a terrific December for St George’s with footfall for the month up by more than two per cent on 2012. We saw growth in footfall across most days during December but we saw a dramatic increase in the numbers of shoppers choosing to visit on Sundays.”

Harrow Council has hit back against the recession when most shopping centres across the country are struggling to find light at the end of the UK’s worst ever economic slump. Throughout the festive holiday the Council held a number of events which drew thousands of visitors to the town centre.

Christmas came early for fans of X-Factor pop sensation, Kye Sones, on December 1, when the former chimney sweep dazzled hundreds with his performance at the Town Centre Christmas Tree light switch on. Holly Cooper, one third of X-Factor band Mitsotu also wowed the crowds, soldiering on after the remaining two band members were taken ill.

Traders benefited further after hundreds visited the town centre when the council arranged a three-day European Christmas Market. The market provided the perfect opportunity to buy unique presents and treats for Christmas and showcased an array of stalls from all over Europe, and offered a range of crêpes, cheeses, olives, pastries, crafts and jewellery. During the same weekend visitors got into the festive spirit with choral singing from a mixture of professional, community and school groups.

The Christmas light switch-on, market and choral singing were organised by Harrow Council and supported by the Mayor’s Outer London Fund, which is helping to increase the vibrancy and growth of high streets across the borough.

 

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