Shops’ tills ring out for Christmas

The Bolton News: Shoppers in Bolton town centre Shoppers in Bolton town centre

BOLTON town centre tills have been jangling — despite the general downward trend in Christmas trading in the North West.

The two main shopping centres in Bolton town centre both reported busy trading.

Retailers have been going through a critical few days, which for many represents a make-or-break chance to restore their fortunes at the end of a difficult 2013.

Large promotions have included a 30 per cent discount across clothing lines at Marks & Spencer, as well as price cuts at Debenhams, Argos and BHS — all of which have a presence in Bolton.

And Crompton Place manager Malcolm Angus reported a spike in activity in the week leading up to Saturday.

He said: “We had 40,000 people through the shopping centre on Saturday, taking the number for the whole week to 140,000. That was slightly down on last year — 1.2 per cent — but it was better than expected, bearing in mind that across the North West trading is down by about 2.5 per cent.”

Mr Angus added that Crompton Place would be open on Boxing Day. His optimism was reflected by Lisa Keogh, manager of The Fragrance shop in the Crompton Place.

She said: “There is a good atmosphere here and people are taking advantage of every offer so whoever has the best deals wins and we’ve got lots of brilliant deals.”

Nick Wood, at The Card and Party Centre, added: “It’s busier than usual and we’ve seen steady trading. With an extra day this year we should be up on last year. There’s a real buzz about the place and the new alterations to the floor and the lighting have made a real difference and I think that Subway opening up here has also boosted the footfall.”

Meanwhile, bosses at the Market Place also reported an increase in activity.

This is in the wake of its recent acquisition by Moorgarth and plans to build a nine-screen cinema together with string of eateries and cafes.

Centre manager Rod Neasham said: “We have had a cracking Christmas with consistantly strong footfall and encouraging sales figures.

“Volunteers from Fortalice, the charity for victims of domestic abuse, have wrapped 10,000 gifts throughout the Christmas period, we have installed a train ride for childrens and welcomed new retailers new and returning ones. All of this has really helped to increase our offer and make the Market Place a wonderful place to shop this season. We look forward to the exciting developments 2014 will bring.”

A spokesman for Game in Victoria Square said: “We’ve had a hugely exciting year in 2013, and the recent launches of Xbox One and PlayStation 4 have been the culmination of a truly epic season of gaming.

“This, coupled with great game releases such as GTA V, FIFA 14 and Call of Duty: Ghosts means it’s been a really exciting time for the industry and great Christmas for gamers!”

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8:53am Tue 24 Dec 13

bwfc58 says...

I bet the traffic wardens had a upturn in ticket sales and until Bolton town Centre gets more parking places and better shops not cheap pound shops charity shops then i will keep away
I bet the traffic wardens had a upturn in ticket sales and until Bolton town Centre gets more parking places and better shops not cheap pound shops charity shops then i will keep away bwfc58

9:37am Tue 24 Dec 13

melloj says...

Went last week and came back with nothing! At one time I could have done all my Christmas shopping in Bolton. Dreadful. No shops at all.
Went last week and came back with nothing! At one time I could have done all my Christmas shopping in Bolton. Dreadful. No shops at all. melloj

10:14am Tue 24 Dec 13

Malcolm Tucker says...

bwfc58 wrote:
I bet the traffic wardens had a upturn in ticket sales and until Bolton town Centre gets more parking places and better shops not cheap pound shops charity shops then i will keep away
Hope you keep your promise. We don't want your miserable face ruining the atmosphere.
[quote][p][bold]bwfc58[/bold] wrote: I bet the traffic wardens had a upturn in ticket sales and until Bolton town Centre gets more parking places and better shops not cheap pound shops charity shops then i will keep away[/p][/quote]Hope you keep your promise. We don't want your miserable face ruining the atmosphere. Malcolm Tucker

10:18am Tue 24 Dec 13

mickcost says...

If people can't park properly or get back to their cars on time, then I hope the council have had an upturn in parking tickets.

Glad the shops are doing well.
If people can't park properly or get back to their cars on time, then I hope the council have had an upturn in parking tickets. Glad the shops are doing well. mickcost

10:28am Tue 24 Dec 13

Malcolm Tucker says...

melloj wrote:
Went last week and came back with nothing! At one time I could have done all my Christmas shopping in Bolton. Dreadful. No shops at all.
Dreadful. No shops at all! At all!!

40,000 in Crompton Place on Saturday and shopping in Bolton doing better than the rest of the NW. Of course, all these shop managers are just making it up and all the mad shoppers charging around are all just pretending.

Bolton may not be the place for everything and God knows it has it problems, but it is fighting back and there is a great atmosphere in the town centre! Good for Bolton. I'm not going to sit on the sidelines and gripe at a half empty glass, I'm going to support my town.
[quote][p][bold]melloj[/bold] wrote: Went last week and came back with nothing! At one time I could have done all my Christmas shopping in Bolton. Dreadful. No shops at all.[/p][/quote]Dreadful. No shops at all! At all!! 40,000 in Crompton Place on Saturday and shopping in Bolton doing better than the rest of the NW. Of course, all these shop managers are just making it up and all the mad shoppers charging around are all just pretending. Bolton may not be the place for everything and God knows it has it problems, but it is fighting back and there is a great atmosphere in the town centre! Good for Bolton. I'm not going to sit on the sidelines and gripe at a half empty glass, I'm going to support my town. Malcolm Tucker

11:28am Tue 24 Dec 13

filthy6 says...

Malcolm Tucker - "I'm not going to sit on the sidelines and gripe at a half empty glass, I'm going to support my town"

My thoughts exactly
Malcolm Tucker - "I'm not going to sit on the sidelines and gripe at a half empty glass, I'm going to support my town" My thoughts exactly filthy6

11:58am Tue 24 Dec 13

Puffin-Billy says...

Bolton and surrounding district is supposed to be a deprived area, yet we can spend our money on crap that that we don't need- and still throw half of our food purchases away as waste.

So what about the wealthy - how come the government is telling us they can't raise money in taxes to pay for our National Health Service and other public services?
Bolton and surrounding district is supposed to be a deprived area, yet we can spend our money on crap that that we don't need- and still throw half of our food purchases away as waste. So what about the wealthy - how come the government is telling us they can't raise money in taxes to pay for our National Health Service and other public services? Puffin-Billy

5:24pm Tue 24 Dec 13

Beyond News Forum says...

Malcolm Tucker wrote:
melloj wrote:
Went last week and came back with nothing! At one time I could have done all my Christmas shopping in Bolton. Dreadful. No shops at all.
Dreadful. No shops at all! At all!!

40,000 in Crompton Place on Saturday and shopping in Bolton doing better than the rest of the NW. Of course, all these shop managers are just making it up and all the mad shoppers charging around are all just pretending.

Bolton may not be the place for everything and God knows it has it problems, but it is fighting back and there is a great atmosphere in the town centre! Good for Bolton. I'm not going to sit on the sidelines and gripe at a half empty glass, I'm going to support my town.
Hey Malcolm... i suppose you have all the trading figures to hand?

Check out the other towns close by, I think you will find every single one is saying the same thing.

And some people in Bolton have no choice but to stick around this dump and buy the shyte that is being forced upon them.

FACT!!! And FACTS!!!

Trafford Centre (Manchester as a whole), Wigan, Bury, Chorley... all saying the same thing.

I would of course support my town if it actually had a choice. But NO, EVERY SINGLE TIME, EVERY SINGLE TIME, I end up at Middlebrook or Manchester.

The other day I watched a traffic warden stood in front of a car waiting for the owner to return (near the bus station. the driver had paid for a valid ticket, of course SOME of the stores were busy and had queues. This traffic warden was clock watching and a SOON AS THE TICKET had expired he slapped a fine on the car. Not one-minute later a rather elderly gentleman returned to his car and burst into tears. Stating he had been stuck in a queue... no traffic warn in sight.

Bastardo's those parking Nazi's... MERRY CORPORAMAS!
[quote][p][bold]Malcolm Tucker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melloj[/bold] wrote: Went last week and came back with nothing! At one time I could have done all my Christmas shopping in Bolton. Dreadful. No shops at all.[/p][/quote]Dreadful. No shops at all! At all!! 40,000 in Crompton Place on Saturday and shopping in Bolton doing better than the rest of the NW. Of course, all these shop managers are just making it up and all the mad shoppers charging around are all just pretending. Bolton may not be the place for everything and God knows it has it problems, but it is fighting back and there is a great atmosphere in the town centre! Good for Bolton. I'm not going to sit on the sidelines and gripe at a half empty glass, I'm going to support my town.[/p][/quote]Hey Malcolm... i suppose you have all the trading figures to hand? Check out the other towns close by, I think you will find every single one is saying the same thing. And some people in Bolton have no choice but to stick around this dump and buy the shyte that is being forced upon them. FACT!!! And FACTS!!! Trafford Centre (Manchester as a whole), Wigan, Bury, Chorley... all saying the same thing. I would of course support my town if it actually had a choice. But NO, EVERY SINGLE TIME, EVERY SINGLE TIME, I end up at Middlebrook or Manchester. The other day I watched a traffic warden stood in front of a car waiting for the owner to return (near the bus station. the driver had paid for a valid ticket, of course SOME of the stores were busy and had queues. This traffic warden was clock watching and a SOON AS THE TICKET had expired he slapped a fine on the car. Not one-minute later a rather elderly gentleman returned to his car and burst into tears. Stating he had been stuck in a queue... no traffic warn in sight. Bastardo's those parking Nazi's... MERRY CORPORAMAS! Beyond News Forum

1:37pm Wed 25 Dec 13

George X says...

Malcolm Tucker wrote:
melloj wrote:
Went last week and came back with nothing! At one time I could have done all my Christmas shopping in Bolton. Dreadful. No shops at all.
Dreadful. No shops at all! At all!!

40,000 in Crompton Place on Saturday and shopping in Bolton doing better than the rest of the NW. Of course, all these shop managers are just making it up and all the mad shoppers charging around are all just pretending.

Bolton may not be the place for everything and God knows it has it problems, but it is fighting back and there is a great atmosphere in the town centre! Good for Bolton. I'm not going to sit on the sidelines and gripe at a half empty glass, I'm going to support my town.
*cough* council stooge *cough*
[quote][p][bold]Malcolm Tucker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]melloj[/bold] wrote: Went last week and came back with nothing! At one time I could have done all my Christmas shopping in Bolton. Dreadful. No shops at all.[/p][/quote]Dreadful. No shops at all! At all!! 40,000 in Crompton Place on Saturday and shopping in Bolton doing better than the rest of the NW. Of course, all these shop managers are just making it up and all the mad shoppers charging around are all just pretending. Bolton may not be the place for everything and God knows it has it problems, but it is fighting back and there is a great atmosphere in the town centre! Good for Bolton. I'm not going to sit on the sidelines and gripe at a half empty glass, I'm going to support my town.[/p][/quote]*cough* council stooge *cough* George X

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