After months and months of misery on the High Street, Christmas 2013 has proven to be a success for the retailers.
While consumer confidence has been on the rise all over the UK, it’s the Welsh tills that seemed to benefit the most in the weeks just after Christmas.
What The Shops of Cardiff Have Been Looking Like
The St. David’s shopping centre in Cardiff claims that it has had more than one million shoppers through its doors in one week alone. This has led to sales of over £1m every single day.
Steve Madeley, direction of St. David’s, said that they are “delighted” at this year’s performance.
“It’s been a hugely successful period for us, both before and after Christmas, and we’re thrilled to kick off 2014 with such a busy shopping centre.”
Boxing Day kicked off the sales and since then there have been thousands of people on the hunt for the biggest bargains at all the major retailers.
“There has been a real buzz around the centre as customers take advantage of the fantastic discounts on offer and our major retailers like John Lewis, Debenhams and Hamleys reduce their stock.”
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Head For a Good Old Shop in the Heart of Swansea
Similar success has been replicated just a few miles away in Swansea, as more than a quarter of a million people visited the Quadrant Shopping Centre.
It’s no surprise why people are drawn to the centre, as for the first time in a long time, every single one of the 37 units was occupied, giving the visitors plenty of choice.
Lindy Emma, deputy manager of the Quadrant, said that the Debenhams sale is one of the popular sales post-Christmas, but that it has been very busy all around the centre.
“There’s a real buzz around the centre and we’re getting positive feedback from retailers about the way things are going.
“There have been lots of great bargains to be had and our shoppers are going home happy.”
What Can You Shop For in Wrexham
It’s not just down south that shoppers have been hitting the streets either, the north Welsh town of Wrexham has also seen “phenomenal” sales.
The Eagles Meadow shopping centre saw healthy sales in the run up to Christmas and they haven’t let up since Boxing Day.
The tills at the shops have been ringing constantly throughout December, but the increase in business has also given a welcome boost to food outlets and entertainment retailers.
Andy Elvis, who manages the Odeon Cinema at the Eagles Meadow centre: “We have had a fantastic Christmas and we are still very busy. We’re thrilled to bits.”
The busy shopping period is expected to continue into the second week of January as retailers try to clear excess stock.
By Jemma Porter, 8th January 2014