Outlook ‘positive’ for town’s shops and businesses

The Hildreds Centre in Skegness. Photo by Philip Murray.
The Hildreds Centre in Skegness. Photo by Philip Murray.

At the close of the 2013, business leaders were confident that it was a positive economic year for Skegness - with its shopping centre gaining an increase in footfall compared to last year in one of its busiest months.

In the month of December, The Hildreds Shopping Centre reported that it was three per cent up on footfall compared to figures last year and it even indicated that it may have been more if the bad weather had not struck mid-month.

“December was a busy month with Christmas, and the centre was up three per cent on footfall compared to last year,” said deputy centre manager Steve Andrews.

The bad weather struck on two of the centre’s late night shopping evenings but it did not dampen shoppers’ spirits as a huge flurry filled the centre and the town’s shops and supermarkets running up to the big days.

“It just got busier and busier to the point where the centre was full but there was a great atmosphere and we’ve been lucky and done fantastically well,” said Steve.

And Tony Tye, Chair of the Skegness and District Chamber of Commerce, also noticed how busy the town was during last month - particularly the supermarkets.

He noted that the chamber is confident of the town’s positive economic outlook during 2013 and that many of the units were filled. He said “It’s good to see that many of the units are filled - there isn’t many that aren’t.”

And Steve Andrews believes that keeping the centre’s units filled will mean shoppers have confidence to buy, which Mr Tye said he agrees.