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Booming St John's Shopping Centre sees annual footfall soar past the 14m mark

 More than 14m people visited St John’s Shopping Centre in Liverpool over the past year – a big rise on the previous year.

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The 14.3m figure for the 12 months to the end of April was 8.4% up on the same period in the previous year.

St John’s has thrived in recent years, despite the opening of the nearby £1bn Liverpool One retail and leisure development in 2008, thanks largely to its concentration of value retailers.

Ian Ward, centre director at the centre, said: “This is a very exciting time for St Johns. We have consistently performed well over the last few years, in terms of footfall, occupancy and new lettings.”

Mr Ward also revealed the St John’s had secured a trio of new lettings – independent family jeweller, F Hinds, Spanish perfumery Equivalenza and hair salon Trinity Hair.

F Hinds operates more than 100 stores nationwide and its St John’s store, set to open in early July, will be its first in Merseyside.

Neil Hinds, director and property manager at F Hinds, said: ‘We are delighted to be opening our 115th shop in Liverpool’s St John’s, where our 1,800 sq ft store, just opposite the Food Court, is set to sparkle.

“We will be amalgamating the historic values of our company with a large, modern, environmentally friendly and appealing store.’

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F Hinds will be recruiting six or seven local staff with a manager that lives in Liverpool and is currently working at another F Hinds store.

Equivalenza will arrive at St Johns this month. Founded in 2011, it has expanded rapidly across Europe over the last four years, and now boasts more than 500 stores worldwide.

The store offers an alternative to expensive branded perfumes, giving shoppers the opportunity to choose pre-prepared scents or mix their own creations, all in refillable bottles for a low cost.

Trinity Hair opened its doors to St Johns shoppers last month. The salon has taken on six members of staff previously employed at Hooka, which closed earlier this year.

Mr Ward added: “These new retailers really do offer Liverpool shoppers something different, and we’re pleased to be able to keep the city centre’s retail offer fresh and relevant.

“The arrival of Sainsbury’s in February has been a huge success for the centre, and we will support our new retailers to ensure they enjoy the same strong performance levels.”

St John’s owner, InfraRed Capital Partners, has invested more than £6m in improving the appearance and the facilities at the centre in the past couple of years.


By Tony McDonough

Liverpool Echo

28 May 2015