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Visitors to Shrewsbury rise by 65%

The number of people visiting Shrewsbury town centre jumped by more than 65 per cent as many shops reopened last week. 

Footfall counters operated by Springboard UK in Shrewsbury town centre recorded a 67 per cent increase in visits over the week compared to the previous week – and an 85 per cent increase on Saturday. 

Seb Slater, executive director of Shrewsbury BID, said: “Overall footfall in the town centre last week was running at about 60 per cent of the same week last year, which compares well to a national figure of around 40 per cent for UK High Streets. 

“Obviously town is quieter than it normally would be, with many businesses still not able to open, but this steady and significant increase in footfall is what we need to support our local businesses, many of which have suffered a huge loss in trade in the past few months. 

“A huge amount of work has gone into making the town safe, and it’s important that people continue to observe social distancing rules - especially as the town gets busier as hospitality businesses reopen in July.  Recent consumer research has found that as well as shopping, people are most looking forward to meeting up with friends for a meal, and we plan to promote Shrewsbury this summer as an enjoyable and safe day out.” 

Kevin Lockwood, manager of the Shrewsbury Shopping Centres, said the Darwin and Pride Hill centres had about 50 per cent of the footfall as the same period last year. 

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