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Return of Poole’s hourly parking rate boosts business and footfall
THE return of the hourly parking rate for Poole town centre this summer has been credited with helping to boost business.
With numbers of people shopping in the town centre having risen sharply this year, the Dolphin Shopping Centre says part of the reason is the return of the 90p hourly rate.
This was re-introduced by Borough of Poole on a trial basis from July 1 for the main shopping centre car park and the two surrounding rooftop car parks and will be reviewed in 2014.
River Island’s August sales were 23 per cent up on last year, New Look 18 per cent and Primark, Accessorize and Animal were all up more than 10 per cent.
“It’s fantastic to see shoppers are making the most of the hourly rate, we hope this will continue and more people will feel relaxed to stay longer and enjoy a day out in the town,” said centre manager John Grinnell, who worked hard to get the hourly rate introduced.
“We have been really grateful for the support of the council, it’s important we work together to help those feeling the pinch and do everything possible to attract shoppers and new businesses to Poole.”
Nicola Aveyard, store manager of Boots, said: “It’s a positive step forward and shows how the council, the retail sector and the town can work as one. We have been incredibly busy over the summer months and the weekend trade has really picked up.”
The boost has also driven more retail outlets to the town with nine new tenants opening up in the shopping centre in the past months and more on the way before the Christmas season begins.
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