New retailer is a sign of centre’s popularity

TOP SHOP Monsoon's new store at the Cascades Shopping Centre
TOP SHOP Monsoon's new store at the Cascades Shopping Centre
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CASCADES Shopping Centre is still attracting millions of visitors, despite shoppers feeling the pinch.

Centre director Rhoda Joseph, said 10 million people will have visited by the end of the year.

The figure is around the same as last year, but the past 12 months have seen the downturn hit retail sector hard as shoppers feel the impact of rising inflation and low interest rates.

An average of 190,000 people visit Cascades Shopping Centre every week.

The success has been highlighted by fashion outlet Monsoon as they open a new store at the centre.

Ms Joseph said the centre’s offers were one of the main reasons shoppers continue to use it.

‘Cascades is trading well, and our shops are standing up to what is a difficult economic climate,’ she added.

‘We’re a little bit slack on numbers, but we’re certainly not falling off a cliff like other shopping centres are because of the economy.

‘Because we’re a small city centre we maybe don’t have the full range of shops, but we have what our customers need.

‘The offers we have on also make shoppers’ money go further.’

And she added: ‘The Monsoon store is absolutely gorgeous.’

Monsoon joins a large range of other retailers, including its sister shop, Accessorize.

The deal was brokered by Colliers International.

Its director, Richard Saunders, said: ‘The Cascades Shopping Centre continues to prove attractive and durable despite the recession.

‘A high level of occupancy and strong footfall have been maintained despite the challenging market conditions and we are discussing terms with further tenants to build on the centre’s already broad appeal.’