Shopping success for city

Shoppers at Trinity Walk, Wakefield

Shoppers at Trinity Walk, Wakefield

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HALF a million shoppers visited Trinity Walk during the two weeks leading up to Christmas.

The announcement made this week was immediately lauded by council bosses as proof that Wakefield has become a major shopping destination.

Centre manager Susan Mendoza said the £210m centre’s busiest day was Thursday, December 22, when 50,000 people visited in a scramble for last-minute gifts.

She said: “We have been delighted by the number of visitors throughout the festive period.

“Similarly, over the days that followed, post-Christmas sales across the centre continued to attract shoppers at a consistently high level.”

Last month Ridings bosses announced that it had been a successful spell for them too.

Smaller, independent retailers said they had found business tougher, but high streets in towns such as Horbury and Normanton were considered to be busy during the Christmas rush despite an economic crisis.

Coun Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s cabinet member for regeneration and economic growth, said the figures showed the city had become a “major shopping destination in West Yorkshire and beyond”.

She said: “It was my personal dream to see this centre open and I am over the moon with how many people shopped there during Christmas.

“I hope 2012 will be another fantastic year for Trinity Walk.”

Trinity Walk opened in May last year, creating hundreds of new jobs.

It was described by the council in 2008 as being the most important city centre development for more than 20 years.