Sheffield shops cash in on fun day

Face painting at The Moor's Bank Holiday Fun Day
Face painting at The Moor's Bank Holiday Fun Day
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Family fun pulled in 14,000 visitors to The Moor on Bank Holiday Monday - with some stores reporting takings 62 per cent higher than the same time last year.

The footfall figures have been released by Scottish Widows, which manages the shopping street, and were welcomed by retailers who said the extra families and shoppers boosted profits.

Claire McAvan, store manager at Debenhams, said: “It was good to see so many people enjoying the new public space on The Moor. Our footfall increased and the direct proof of the success of this event for us was that our takings were up 62 per cent on the same Bank Holiday last year.”

Nicholas Atkinson, of family-owned Atkinsons department store, added: “The public came out in force to enjoy the Bank Holiday Fun Day and it is great that they can now see how things are changing dramatically on The Moor.”

Christine Hill, sales manager at BHS, said: “It was nice to see lots of families on The Moor and there was a happy buzz and a real lift in people’s spirits.”

Scottish Widows said there are more events planned throughout the summer in the lead-up to the opening of the new markets and retail units.

The success of bank holiday trading, which coincided with warm, sunny weather, comes as an event was announced in Sheffield to celebrate independent retailers.

On Saturday, June 29, there will be an Independents’ Market on Fargate to ‘showcase the range of independent retailers in Sheffield city centre’.

The market is in support of a national The Independents’ Day campaign, which will run up to July 4.

Coun Leigh Bramall, Sheffield Council cabinet member for business, skills and development, said: “We are lucky to have a unique and vibrant offering of independent shops in Sheffield - 60 per cent of retailers in the city centre are independent.”