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Westfield London hits West End visitor numbers

Shopper numbers in the West End have been hit by the opening of the Westfield London shopping centre in White City.

According to figures compiled for The Sunday Telegraph, footfall in the capital's Oxford Street, Regent Street, Bond Street and South Molton Street was down 25.2% between the opening of Westfield London on Thursday October 30 and November 5, compared with the same period last year.

Sales in nearby Kensington High Street, Knightsbridge, Kings Road and Sloane Street were also down by more than a quarter.

Sales at other regional shopping centres near London, including Lakeside in Thurrock and Bluewater in Kent saw sales grow 1.3%.

Westfield London has 265 stores across 43 acres, including House of Fraser, Debenhams, Marks & Spencer and Next. It is expected to have 20 million visitors a year, while the West End has around 200 million visitors annually.

Readers' comments (2)

  • This was inevitable as a short term impact but it says it all that West End gets 200 million shoppers and Westfield London expects 20m. The West End will live on for Londoners and tourists. I still don't reckon Louis Vuitton customers are going to want to leave Bond Street and all its glamour.

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  • What did the big brands think would happen? That extra customers would multiply and apear out of thin air? Cannibalistion......going to get harder and harder as same old, same old stores in every centre, every town plus their on-line offer....which is same as the shops....

    Immigration is going down so where are these new customers going to come from?

    Man o man..........the future of retail is selling less of more (ref Chris Anderson) not more and more and more of the same old, same old stuff in more and more of the same old shopping centres.

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