Sanderson Arcade celebrates a thriving year and new business openings

Morpeth’s Sanderson Arcade has witnessed a remarkable year during 2023 - surpassing pre-pandemic footfall rates and welcoming a host of new businesses to the centre.

Throughout 2023, the shopping centre attracted an impressive number of visitors, marking an increase of 3.4 per cent compared to 2022 - despite tough trading condition on the high street and economic uncertainty.

The centre’s unique combination of national and boutique independent retailers, alongside a diverse range of beauty and health services, has established Sanderson Arcade as both a key local service provider and a popular regional visitor destination.

The management team’s imaginative range of seasonal events and one of the region’s most impressive Christmas lights displays has also proved a hit with shoppers.

Managed and owned by the South Yorkshire-based regeneration experts Dransfield Properties, the centre has maintained full occupancy in both its retail and office spaces throughout the last year.

Managing director James Shepherd said, “The centre’s success over the last 12 months is definitely attributable to our varied retail mix and the enhancement of our food and beverage offer. Notable openings like Martino Lounge alongside our independent gastro pub Barluga have transformed Sanderson Arcade into a hub for shopping and socialising.

“We’ve also sought to offer a varied range of seasonal events throughout the year, adding to the experience for our shoppers.”

With growing interest from national retailers, plans are underway in 2024 to expand the Arcade’s retail offer – bringing further new brands to the centre with announcements being made on this soon.

Centre Manager at Sanderson Arcade, Lottie Thompson, added: “2023 was a great year for us, and we are excited for our customers to continue enjoying the Sanderson Arcade experience throughout 2024.

“We experienced record breaking footfall levels in the week leading up to Christmas, with an increased spend on partywear suggesting people have been enjoying large social gatherings again. We also saw a surge in seasonal food sales at our M&S store, further confirming that people were determined to celebrate Christmas with a bang.”

By Mark Adair – Correspondent, Bdaily

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