Shoppers continue to flock to outlet centre

Royal Quays Outlet Centre, North Shields.
Royal Quays Outlet Centre, North Shields.

Consumer spending increased at Royal Quays Outlet Centre over Easter, latest figures have revealed.

Following a record start to its January trading figures, the outlet centre has seen continued growth in spending.

In comparison to Easter 2013, footfall increased by four per cent and spending by seven per cent.

It follows on from figures released in January which showed that footfall was up by 11 per cent on the previous year and spending up by 16 per cent.

Centre manager Judith Ramshaw said: “The figures marked a brilliant start to the year and continue to remain strong.

“What we are now seeing is consistent consumer spending in a manner we have not seen since before the recession.

“Spending is not occurring in one specific area, it is across the board and that appears to be the trend.

“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.

“As a centre, we utilise our space and offering as much as we can – we recently hosted a successful Easter festival designed as a fun day out for the whole family and we often play host to children’s favourites Peppa Pig and George.

“The latest figures are very encouraging. As we move into the summer months, we are looking forward to welcoming new names to the centre.”

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