Ealing Town Centre’s retail story has received a couple of pieces of good news.
Ealing Broadway Shopping Centre has signed New Look. They will occupy a number of vacant units which will be knocked together to total around 12,000 sq ft. This is the second new occupier announced in a little over a month, after H&M were unveiled in October.
The Broadway Centre, owned by Legal & General, has seen a 20% increase in footfall since the beginning of 2008, apparently prospering despite the opening of Westfield at Shepherds Bush. Legal & General put the increase down to their repositioning on the Centre as a “convenience shopping experience to complement the Westfield offer”.
Ealing Council’s Shopfront Improvement scheme has proved popular too – the £1.5m programme of grants of up to 90% of the cost of improving shopfronts is oversubscribed, and there is a waiting list, say the Council.
Together with the Shop Local programme, which offers discounts to shoppers with a Council run loyalty card, the public realm imporvements along Bond Street, and the £50 cash back to council tax payers, and Ealing Broadway could be on the way to further footfall and retail sales growth.