This latest study measured the proportion of upmarket shops against the number of discount stores in individual towns. They also took into account occupancy rates and outlets such as Charity shops, pawnbrokers, money lenders and bookmakers. Warrington town centre finished 405th out of the 1,000 retail areas while Stockton heath ranked substantially higher at 237.
Steve Park, managing director of Warrington and Co, predicted that the town centre would receive a boost in the coming years. This is because of recent developments that include the new Warrington Market and cinema.
He said: “Warrington Borough Council is confident that its flagship Time Square development will improve its ranking in this vitality index.”
He follows on to say:
“With the recent successful developments in the Stadium Quarter, continued private sector investment in the Cultural Quarter and new restaurants soon to open in the Old Fish Market in the town centre, vitality is clearly improving already. The retail offer at Golden Square Shopping Centre is strong despite recent national announcements in relation to BHS and Marks and Spencer.”
He further states:
“The Time Square development aims to complement this with a family friendly-led leisure offer comprising the new multiplex cinema, restaurants, market hall, public square, 1,160-space car park and council offices.”
Meanwhile, Stockton Heath finished above the town centre in 237th.
Mr Park finnished with saying:
“Congratulations to Stockton Heath on their high-ranking position.
“Stockton Heath has organically grown as a retail and leisure destination. A bustling retail centre by day complemented by a healthy café culture, which morphs into a relaxed evening leisure offer recognised by its Purple Flag award.”