Rise in footfall and parking at Houndshill centre

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BLACKPOOL’S Houndshill shopping centre saw significant growth in visitor numbers last year – despite the economic downturn.

David Lewis, director of the centre’s asset manager, Centros, said: “Despite the very difficult economic conditions, we are delighted that the number of shoppers attracted to Houndshill increased by nearly a quarter of a million last year.

“Equally significantly, the number of cars using the centre’s car park went up by 6.5 per cent – equating to nearly 100 extra cars a day.

Houndshill manager John Holt added “We have to look positively at 2011, we’ve gained shops and footfall in the centre was up 2.5 per cent. Things are definitely looking good.”

And despite the fact the second phase of the Houndshill won’t be built in 2011, there are other reasons to be cheerful – talks are ongoing to fill further units.