Record year for Crystal Peaks shops

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CRYSTAL Peaks shopping mall has beaten the recession with a record-breaking year.

Shoppers made almost 10.8 million trips to the centre last year, boosting footfall by 2.9 per cent and numbers rose to 1.3 million during December – an increase of 9.4 per cent on the previous year.

“We have enjoyed a fantastic year in 2011 and Christmas really was the icing on the cake,” said Crystal Peaks centre manager Lee Greenwood.

“Even taking into account that December 2010 was hit by particularly heavy snowfalls that affected shopping, the 2011 figures would still have beaten projected targets by a very strong margin.”

The Waterthorpe-based Shopping centre is hoping for greater things in 2012, with the arrival of a new Marks & Spencer store and the continuing development of its Food Hub.

“The arrival of Marks and Spencer in one our largest units this summer and the opening of Costa Coffee and two other outlets to join McDonalds and Time Café in our already successful lower ground floor Food Hub mean that 2012 promises to be a very special year for Crystal Peaks shoppers,” said Mr Greenwood.

“There are also some other exciting new high street names ready to join us, while the Halifax will be relocating and expanding at a new site in the complex.”