UK shoppers increase following reopening of domestic hotels
The number of customers in Britain rose 1.1% in the week to May 22 from the previous week, helped by the reopening of domestic hotels after months of COVID-19 lockdown, Springboard researcher said Monday.
He said the number of shoppers, or footfall, rose 2.4% on UK main streets and 1% in shopping centers, but fell 1.7% in parks in retail.
Springboard said there had been a significant 4% increase in weekly attendance on main streets after 5 p.m.
“The reopening of indoor restaurants on Monday of last week certainly bolstered footfall in UK retail destinations in the face of prolonged and often heavy rains across much of the UK for much of the week.” , said Diane Wehrle, chief analytics officer for Springboard.
She also noted a clear pull towards larger cities away from local main streets, as consumers sought a greater choice of dining options.
Footfall to all UK retail destinations remained more than a quarter below 2019 levels – before the pandemic began to disrupt traffic last year.
The crisis has hit Britain’s retail sector, leaving gaping holes in major shopping streets and costing tens of thousands of jobs.
Non-essential stores reopened in England and Wales on April 12 after more than three months of closures. They reopened in Scotland on April 26 and Northern Ireland on April 30. Indoor hospitality was authorized from May 17.
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