Following the excitement of the Shaun in the City trail, which brought many families into the centre of Bristol this summer, retailers in Broadmead and The Galleries are reporting positive trading and footfall figures and are looking forward to a busy Christmas trading period.
Father Christmas is welcoming young visitors to his grotto in The Galleries daily during December until Christmas Eve. The spectacular Christmas lights switch-on event coincided with the opening of the German Christmas Market, which will run until 22nd December. Visitors to the German market will be amazed by the fantastic, huge Christmas tree at The Podium. The popular Bristol Local Christmas Market, will once again be located outside M&S from 4th to 23rd December.
Bristol Shopping Quarter has welcomed lots of new shops recently and, Vodafone and McDonalds have invested in their Broadmead outlets, with both units receiving fantastic modernisations.
St James Arcade has also welcomed a number of new independent shops in recent weeks, including Bungles, Dolly What Not, Fantasia, Needle & Thread, Maya’s Eyebrows & Beauty, and most recently Speck Brothers who have opened their Bavarian-Alpen deli.
Colin Lang, Centre Manager of The Galleries said: ‘We have had an exciting few months here in The Galleries, with a number of new retailers opening, including Pep&Co and Caffe Nero – we also played host to the first Halloween Grotto run in the UK by Calendar Club, which was extremely popular.
Footfall has been rising consistently, and our regular, free family events have been welcomed by our shoppers. Now that Santa is in residence in his Grotto on the ground floor, the festive atmosphere in the centre is fantastic, and we also have a number of new retailers opening in the next few weeks, including Pavers, Ice Cream and Dreams, Eurochange, The Horology Centre & No 1 Currency. The centre is looking better than ever, and there are even more deals in the pipeline, with the aim of opening these additional stores before Easter.”