Gloucester shopping centre says it bucking national trend on empty shops
A Gloucester shopping centre says it is bucking the national trend when it comes to filling its shop units.
Eastgate Shopping Centre says it has vacancy rates of empty retail units four per cent lower than the national average.
The national vacancy rate report, showing the numbers of empty retail units currently around the UK, recently showed that vacancy rates had fallen nationally from 14.3 per cent in 2011 to 14.2 per cent in 2012.
Vacancy rates released by the shopping centre show it currently has a 10 per cent vacancy rate.
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Footfall figures from January at the centre were the same as they were in January 2012, despite the fact that high street footfall had fallen by 3.9 per cent year on year nationally.
The centre also says it is planning a refurbishment programme in the early part of this year.
Two new passenger lifts are to be installed, replacing the old glass lift, while refurbishments to the public areas are set to take shape in the summer months.
Centre manager Jason Robinson said: "We're incredibly proud to say that the centre is currently performing above the national average at such a difficult time for retail in general.
"We've really seen a great response from shoppers throughout the past 12 months to both new and old retailers at the centre.
"It's a testament to Gloucester's thriving retail scene that our vacancy rates are an impressive four per cent lower than the national average."