Shopping centre hails successes

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BOSSES at Springfields are hailing a successful last three months, with a sixth new store marking the creation of 40 new jobs at the outlet shopping centre in that period.

Springfields now boasts annual visitor numbers of 2.3 million people and will welcome trendy casual clothes retailer Weird Fish as its latest new store.

It follows MBT Footwear, Jacques Vert, Lakeland Leather, The Craft Outlet and Trespass who all came in the last three months, and the Body Shop and Camille Lingerie which were added to the centre early in the summer.

The centre says that with all of its new arrivals in the past three months, it has created 40 new jobs and that its turnover is up by eight per cent and footfall up four per cent over that period.

Springfields says that in the past four years its turnover has risen by 56 per cent.

Weird Fish opened at Springfields yesterday at 10am in the North Avenue. It will be the outdoor leisure chain’s 16th store in the country.

Dan Marshland, marketing manager for Weird Fish said: “We are delighted to be opening our latest store at Springfield and feel that Weird Fish will fit in really well with the current mix of stores and customers who shop at Springfields.

“This will be our 16th stand alone store, all of which are doing extremely well in these testing times.”

Simon Stone, Springfields retail director, added: “Weird Fish is going to appeal to those people who live life to the full and want clothing that matches their lifestyle.

“Weird Fish fits in really well with the fantastic range of fashion stores we’ve got here at Springfields.”