FESTIVE sales at a flagship shopping centre have doubled on last year.
Shop bosses in Eagles Meadow Shopping Centre in Wrexham are reporting a sales spike of more than 100 per cent compared with last year’s Christmas sales.
And retail chiefs expect the January sales push to keep the tills ringing well into the new year.
Suzanne Bartley, manager of jewellers Mococo, said her store have seen record sales.
“We’re really, really busy and have had a fantastic Christmas. Our sales are up 106 per cent on last year,” she said.
“It’s still unbelievably busy. I have had to bring in extra staff to cope.”
It was a sentiment echoed by Laura Clark, deputy manager of the Frankie and Benny’s restaurant.
She said: “It’s been crazy busy. We had a fantastic couple of weeks with record sales the week before Christmas.
“We love this time of year because the children are on holiday. We’ve been doing a phenomenal amount of breakfasts and we’re full every day by noon.
“We ended the year on a high and we’re hoping to do really well in January too.”
There was a similar message from Andy Elvis, manager of the Odeon Cinema, which will be celebrating its fifth birthday in February.
He said: “We’ve had a fantastic Christmas and we’re still very busy. We’re thrilled to bits.
“The magic of Disney has struck again because the children’s film, Frozen, and The Hobbit have both been phenomenally popular.
“They’re both on for another two or three weeks so there’s plenty of time to see them.”
The hectic end to 2013 came after a bumper Boxing Day sales. The first day of the sales saw 1,000 people queuing outside the Next shop waiting for the doors to open at 6am.
Eagles Meadow manager Kevin Critchley said: “Business was very brisk during the run up to Christmas, so much so that collectively the retailers at Eagles Meadow recruited an army of 100 temporary staff to cope with the festive rush.
“Things have continued in the same vein after the big day and it’s hoped that some of the seasonal workers could be kept on permanently.
“There’s been no let up since the sales kicked off at 6am on Boxing Day.
“There's a real buzz around the centre and we’re getting positive feedback from retailers about the way things are going.
“It’s been phenomenal to be perfectly honest.
“I’ve really enjoyed seeing Eagles Meadow so busy with people smiling and enjoying their shopping experience without having to dodge traffic.
“The atmosphere has been absolutely brilliant.”