Shops in the ‘Unique Brighton’ area, a Business Improvement District incorporating parts of the North Laine, North Street and parts of the Lanes, have seen dramatic increases in the numbers of shoppers in the run up to Christmas.
For the month of December, figures for 2006 average out at 24,000 shoppers on a Saturday. In 2007, this figure dramatically surges up to 42,000, a massive increase of over 56%.
Reports are already coming in from many retailers on how much of a bumper year it has been, with Boots (North Street) reporting one of the best, if not the best Christmas on record. And it’s not just the big players that have seen business boom. Soozie Campbell, City Centre manager said , "I have spoken to traders and many are telling me they've had their best year ever and these vary from our biggest most central store, Boots to some of the smallest shops on the edge of town, in Sydney Street. Another store that has done really well is Velvet and it has been one of the most prolific users of our new Home Delivery Service."
The ‘Home Delivery Service’, in which a £5 flat fee will pay for all your shopping to be delivered to your door at a convenient time has been a huge success, and is set to continue throughout 2008.
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