A shopping centre is reporting a strong start to 2014 after a rise in the number of visitors.
Royal Quays Outlet Centre, in North Shields, has reported a surge in consumer spending in January as compared to the same month in 2013.
Compared to January 2013, footfall is up by 11 per cent while spending is up 16 per cent across the board, helping mark positive signs for the retail sector and north east economy.
The scheme, which consists of 50 stores with national brands and regional operators, has enjoyed low void rates in the last twelve months and an increase in the number of enquiries for space.
Centre manager Judith Ramshaw said: “The figures mark a brilliant start to the year, and it is great to see that spending is not occurring in one specific area, it is across the board.
“We know that shoppers are staying onsite for longer periods of time and we have a great tenant mix that is really helping to pull them in.
“In 2013, we welcomed a range of new names to the centre such as the Pet Outlet, surfing specialist Saltrock and American work-wear company Dickies, who are sitting alongside well established names such as Nike Factory Store, Next Clearance, Marks & Spencer Outlet and Clarks.
“This is a great boost for us as we look to the year ahead, we are continuing to look for opportunities to welcome both well-known and independent retailers to the centre throughout the course of the year.
“We work hard at ensuring our tenants are fully supported whether this is through connecting them with their fellow neighbours on-site, offering flexible packages suited to individual requirements and a range of competitive flexible rent arrangements linked to store performance as well as marketing support.”
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