Footfall up and vacancy rate down as Altrincham makes strong start to 2017
Following impressive footfall figures in Altrincham town centre over the Christmas 2016 trading period, the positive trend has continued into 2017 with visitor numbers up 8.2% on the previous year during the first three months of 2017.
The figures compare favourably with high streets in general across the UK, where there has been an average fall of 0.3% in the first quarter of this year (source: Springboard).
The good news continues with the announcement that the vacancy rate in Altrincham town centre has dipped below 10% for the first time in a decade, with the proportion of empty units recorded at 9.5% - down from 14.4% in March 2016.
Martin Duff, Chair of Altrincham Unlimited (the Business Improvement District) and owner of Randalls Jewellery said:
“Following a high profile seasonal campaign, visitor numbers over Christmas were exceptional in Altrincham, but the big question was would this trend continue into 2017? We are delighted to see that it has, and that Altrincham continues to outperform the UK in general by some margin.”
Katie Bland, BID Manager for Altrincham Unlimited added:
“To see the vacancy rate falling below 10% is a real milestone for Altrincham, and comes on the back of some high quality new openings in both the retail and food and drink sectors.
“It’s particularly pleasing to see a number of successful businesses from elsewhere in the north west choosing Altrincham for their next venture; for example Porta, who have expanded their authentic tapas bar offer into Altrincham from Chester; The Cellar, a new bar from the team behind The Drawing Room in West Didsbury and The Contemporary Art Gallery, who are based in Chester and have chosen Altrincham for their second venue.
“Altrincham is thriving; this is the result of focused effort and hard work by numerous stakeholders over the past six years to improve the town. We’ll be working hard this year to maintain the upward trend in footfall and to continue to encourage investment in Altrincham.”