Shoppers flood into centre:mk

The centre:mk, Midsummer Place and the Secklow Bridge Market.
The centre:mk, Midsummer Place and the Secklow Bridge Market.
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Shoppers got up at 8am to beat the crowds and get the best bargains at thecentre:mk this year.

Tuesday morning saw John Lewis at thecentre:mk join the list of stores openings its doors to large queues of bargain hunters wanting to cash in on the traditional John Lewis Partnership clearance sale.

On Boxing Day, thecentre:mk saw footfall figures up 17 per cent on 2010, and in the first two hours of trading yesterday morning John Lewis was already reporting a 20 per cent increase in turnover on last year. It is predicted that slashed prices will continue to tempt more bargain hunters over the coming days, with footfall figures setting new records across the board at thecentre:mk.

Robert Hall, Centre Director at thcentre:mk said: “We are over the moon to see another hectic day at thecentre:mk, especially during this crucial time for retailers. It is fantastic to learn that footfall figures over the Christmas period as a whole are expected to set new records. Home furnishing departments have been of significant interest to our guests and average transactions have been up, with shoppers spending on big ticket items. House of Fraser at thecentre:mk has diverted stock from its Aylesbury store to keep up with the demand.

“2011 has been a tough year for the industry, however we are hoping that 2012 will be a promising year for thecentre:mk. We are in the process of a public consultation on our proposal for a £30m extension to create two new substantial retail units to thecentre:mk as part of our continued commitment to the development and evolution of thecentre:mk as the retail and social hub of the local and wider community. The trading figures we achieved over the Christmas period just go to show how popular thecentre:mk is with customers and we need to continue to develop in order to maintain this.”