A SHOPPING centre manager has predicted retailers in Epsom will experience a "bumper Christmas" this year as the Ashley Centre is currently seeing more than 175,000 shoppers walking through its doors each week.
David Beddows said the centre was experiencing a "five-year high" in terms of customer numbers, while three new shops have recently opened up, one has relocated from the High Street and another has expanded its sales space over two floors.
"There are more to come too," Mr Beddows promised.
"This investment by new retailers in the Ashley Centre is great news for the local shopper and hugely encouraging for the local economy and town centre vitality by further strengthening of the Epsom shopping environment.
"We're very lucky that we've kept our void rate [the number of empty retail units] very low because retailers want to come to Epsom. The new shops have gone down really well with the local shoppers."
H&M has extended to cover two floors, as well as opening the new H&M children’s store, Card Warehouse has relocated to the centre, and empty spaces have been taken up by Hattie’s Sweet Shop and culinary gift outlet Oil & Vinegar.
Ruth Frisby, from Ewell, is thrilled the sweet shop has moved into Epsom.
She said: “I couldn’t believe it when I walked into this sweet shop, There were sweets on sale that I had completely forgotten about that I enjoyed as a child.
"It was great fun to share with my children some of the things we had as treats in my youth and it was brilliant to see some favourites that are still popular today.”
Mr Beddows added: "Our footfall is currently sitting at a five-year high in terms of people walking through the doors.
"We're getting around 175,000 people coming to the Ashley Centre a week. It is really going to give us a boost, I fully expect it to be a bumper Christmas for our retailers this year."
Maria Coyle, 26, from High Street, Godstone, plans to do her Christmas shopping at the Ashley Centre.
She said: "Epsom’s not far from work or from where I live, so I can get everything I need there. The make-up counters in House of Fraser are my idea of paradise.
I plan to do more of my Christmas shopping there too, because it’s got something for everyone and it’s all under one roof - although I am hoping it will extend its opening hours to more than just a Thursday. That’s its only downfall."
Article from Angela Brooks at getsurrey
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