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Westfield London gets 160,000 visitors on opening day

Around 160,000 people visited the Westfield London shopping centre in White City on its opening day yesterday.

The shopping centre opened its doors at 9am and stores traded until 10pm. Developer Westfield said that retailers reported positive footfall and sales figures, with many saying that the centre was busier than expected.

Some reported sales targets being exceeded, and a positive mood among their staff and customers.

A Westfield spokesman said: "We are delighted with the opening day's trade. The response from shoppers and retailers has been excellent and we are all looking forward to a great weekend."

Readers' comments (1)

  • Absolutely the best article I have read so far on Westfield is from The FT.

    The link is below but one needs to can do 30 articles per month for free without any trouble. I can't cut and paste it either.

    ''Monsters of Consumption looms large''

    Managed to copy a section below......
    QUOTE; The shopping mall is a suburban archetype, a simulacrum of city life with the unpleasantness of traffic, street crime and weather removed. Changes in planning regulations in the 1990s – intended to stall the explosion of car-reliant, out-of-town shopping centres – have forced the mall into the city, and we are faced with the curious spectre of the ultimate suburban typology crushing urban businesses beneath its vast mass. UNQUOTE

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