Shopping centres record a boost in visitors this Christmas

Santa's grotto at the Beacon Centre, in North Shields. Picture by Halo Photography.
Santa's grotto at the Beacon Centre, in North Shields. Picture by Halo Photography.

Two shopping centres are reporting a boost in footfall this Christmas.

Following a successful Black Friday boost, The Beacon and The Forum shopping centres are experiencing a high volume of customers.

The Beacon Shopping Centre, in North Shields, saw more than 50,000 customers through its doors during the weekend of December 11 to 13, as more retailers introduced their Christmas offers and festive events and activities were rolled out.

So far in December, footfall at the centre has been more than 300,000 – the highest this year.

Similarly, The Forum, in Wallsend, saw its busiest weekend of the year between December 18 and 20, as more than 29,000 customers hit its stores.

More than 13,000 people visited the centre on Saturday, December 19.

Retailers at both centres, including Poundland, Wilkinson’s, Boots, Urban, and New Look, are offering special discounts and product ranges just for the Christmas period.

David Menzies, centre manager at The Beacon, said: “We have seen an absolute boost in trade this month.

“All our retailers have some kind of Christmas deals on offer and, coupled with the festive events we are hosting this season, this is creating an ideal shopping and leisure environment for the community of North Shields.”

Nick Lambert, centre manager, The Forum, added: “This year, we have focused on turning Christmas shopping into a real experience for our customers, by organising lots of festive activities such as movie screenings and the Santa’s Grotto.

“Christmas is always the busiest, but also most exciting time for us at The Forum, so we are pleased to see more customers enjoying the festive season with us.”

For information on the latest Christmas events at The Beacon and The Forum, shoppers should visit the centres’ social media pages and websites.