Frenchgate Centre figures boost

The Frenchgate Centre.
The Frenchgate Centre.

DONCASTER’s biggest shopping centre is celebrating figures which show more customers trawled the malls in the post-Christmas sales.

The Frenchgate Centre welcomed 407,671 people through the doors in the week following Christmas - an increase of 23,252 on 2010.

Footfall figures do not necessarily equate to people snapping up bargains in the centre’s 100-plus stores as it includes people using Doncaster’s transport interchange.

Amanda Phillips, centre manager, said: “The figures are extremely positive and give us a real platform to build on in 2012.

“There were only two days during which we did not see an increase in footfall from last year which really does show that we bucked the trend over the sales period.

“Many people expected footfall and sales to be down but from our figures we can show that we were even busier than last year and we can’t ask for more than that.”

The Frenchgate had on average 58,239 people walk through its doors each day, up six per cent on 2010.

Ms Phillips added; “The footfall we have shows it is possible to attract shoppers.”