I wanted to start with ‘It has been 6 months since the Westgate opened their doors’, but with no doors to open, I thought a better and more accurate sentence would be needed.
Either way, it’s hard to believe, but it has been 6 months since the grand opening of the new modern shopping centre. A grand opening we were extremely happy to have been involved in, and since then we have also been fortunate enough to work a number of other occasions at the site – helping to promote the shopping centre and staffing other events they have organised.
According to figures released last week, the footfall to the shopping centre has been higher than they had forecasted – which is wonderful news. However, reading articles reporting this news has been interesting, and actually other news reporting on the Westgate – as it seems a lot of people have a lot of complaints about the shopping centre. With some reported issues with the centre being completely understood and grounded, like concerns about the death of independent chains in the city centre to issues with temperature and the nature of the open architecture.
But that does seem to point the finger at an easy target. The truth is, the shopping centre has brought a much-needed rejuvenation into the city, providing some high-quality brands that never existed in the city before, and just with the Westgate being a natural draw for people around the county, I’m sure it has positively affected footfall around the city centre as more visitors from further afield have journeyed into the city.
Yes, it’s not perfect. But really, what is.