Retail success: Record footfall for Trinity Walk

CELEBRATION: Wakefield's Trinity Walk has announced a record year.
CELEBRATION: Wakefield's Trinity Walk has announced a record year.

A city shopping centre has had a record year after a wave of new lettings, campaigns and events.

Trinity Walk broke its footfall record in 2015 after seeing 11.22m shopping visits throughout last year. It was up four per cent on 2014 - bucking regional and national trends.

The centre, which opened in 2011, also recorded its busiest ever week after welcoming around 289,000 shoppers in December during a seven-day period.

It was the best performing in the UK in December within managing agents Savills’ portfolio of shopping centres too.

Trinity Walk centre manager Cormac Hamilton said: “The centre is now at its highest occupancy in its history with an even more diverse and dynamic mix of retailers on offer for shoppers, which has been a key draw. People are still discovering the centre and most new shoppers say they would return, which gives us scope to grow even further in our fifth year. We’re delighted with how well 2015 has gone, but won’t rest on our laurels as we aim to maintain and

build on this great platform.”

Trinity Walk is now more fully let than ever. It welcomed big name signings like Pandora, The Works and PureGym late in 2015.

Pandora franchisee Paul Rice, the managing director at Hugh Rice added: “The launch of the new Wakefield store at Trinity Walk has been extremely successful. December saw us welcome a high amount of customers through the door and the feedback we received has been hugely positive. We’re very much looking forward to a great year in 2016.”

Trinity Walk now employs up to 1,500 people at peak times, providing a vital source of employment for the local economy.

Centre manager Mr Hamilton added: “We’ve worked hard as a team in 2015 – the management, retailers and owners – to offer the people of Wakefield and Yorkshire something unique, accessible and affordable. It’s now about raising the bar even higher and playing our role in the heart of the city to help it grow.

“There’s a real buzz around Wakefield, the city’s reputation is growing and the whole district’s business landscape is expanding from really innovative independents to major international big hitters. Trinity Walk wants to play its part in driving Wakefield forward by working with other partners and businesses across the city to get the city to where it belongs.”