centre:mk reports footfall growth bucking national trend

centre:mk, one of the top 10 shopping centres in the UK, is bucking the nationwide trend of declining footfall, and has reported that the centre’s footfall is up +2.5% YOY.

As a regionally dominant shopping and leisure destination centre:mk continues to attract high spending shoppers, attracted by the convenient layout and extensive range of brands on offer such as John Lewis, Next, Primark and River Island. centre:mk’s performance is defying the national picture and continues to appeal to both shoppers as well as retailers. In 2019, the centre welcomed 10 new retailers - Neon Sheep, Newbie, Typo, Primark, Chatime, Morano’s, Trailfinders, Skechers, Loviso and Lush.

Kevin Duffy, Centre Director at centre:mk commented:

“2019 has been a great success for centre:mk with shoppers continuing to flock to our centre. We are pleased to have welcomed so many new brands into the centre and look forward to welcoming more in 2020. Our £50m investment programme including our award winning guest services and ‘smart’ car park reflects our ongoing commitment to both our retailers and shoppers and we believe centre:mk will go from strength to strength as we move into the new year.”

centre:mk saw over 3 million visitors over the Christmas period. On Boxing Day, the centre opened its doors at 6am to welcome over 100,000 shoppers hoping to pick up a bargain in the Boxing Day sales. Shoppers were seen queueing outside stores from just after midnight to be first in line for the biggest bargains. Just under 1,000 shoppers queued to be first in line for Next’s Boxing Dale sales. Spend has been strong with some retailers reporting significant growth year on year sales. Popular sale items across the retailers included ladies fashion, smart TV’s, jewellery and fragrances.