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Four million shoppers hit Stratford City

by LLB Editor
14th Oct 11 10:51 am

Figures have shown that the new Westfield Stratford City shopping centre has welcomed four million people through its doors since opening.

Stratford City opened its doors to the public in September – and since then consumers have flocked to the east London site.

Boris Johnson, the mayor of London, said: “These figures show the impact Westfield Stratford City is already having on this part of London.”

The £1.45bn development houses some 300 stores and restaurants, and the owners of those businesses have given a big thumbs-up to the people running the centre on a day-to-day basis.

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Noel Saunders, managing director of John Lewis at the centre, said that shoppers were bowled over by the London 2012 Shop and the “amazing views” of the Olympic Park.

He said that the first month had been “tremendous” for John Lewis.

A spokesman for Mexican restaurant Wahaca said: “We are really pleased that the number of customers has remained high.”

The mayor added: “Before the centre had even opened it had created thousands of jobs and helped bring in millions of pounds in investment, and now the tills are ringing and defying the economic doom and gloom.

“It’s fantastic to see a vital part of the 2012 legacy already coming to fruition.”

Meanwhile, luxury watchmaker Omega has recently opened a store at the centre. It is the firm’s largest European boutique, and among its biggest across the globe.

Omega is the London Games official timekeeper, and quite fittingly the new boutique sits right next to the Olympic Village.

“We are delighted to continue our expansion in the UK, and our new boutique at Westfield Stratford demonstrates what an important market this is for us,” said Omega president Stephen Urquhart.

Customers visiting the two-storey store can get their hands on a classic Omega watch, as well as perfume and jewellery from the iconic luxury brand.

A number of other major players are set to open stores at Westfield over the coming months, including classic brand Aquascutum.

Bill Giouroukos, director of operations at Westfield, said: “Together with the recently opened Westfield Stratford City in east London, the two Westfield centres provide wonderful, vibrant and comprehensive retail environments for international retailers seeking to enter the capital.”

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