Hospitality reopening spurs UK high street double-digit footfall growth

Oxford Street 2020
Oxford Street, June 2020 Image: ©TheIndustry.fashion

Footfall across all UK retail destinations rose by +10.6% for the week 5-11 July, which is more than double the growth of the previous week which saw an increase of +4.1%, as the reopening of hospitality venues took effect.

According to the latest data from retail experts Springboard, in high streets – where the vast majority of hospitality outlets are located – the rise in footfall over the week reached +16%. Despite that, footfall still remains at just under half the level of that in 2019.

In shopping centres, the increase in footfall was less than half that of high streets at +7.8%, however, this is a positive result in light of the fact that far fewer hospitality outlets are located within shopping centres.

Diane Wehrle, Insights director at Springboard, commented: “The first complete week following the reopening of hospitality in England demonstrates the contribution that this sector makes to footfall in retail destinations.

In retail parks, where many of which have introduced coffee shops and some have added family-oriented restaurants, footfall increased only very marginally by +0.7%.

Despite the fact that the growth in retail park footfall appears to be levelling off, the presence of food stores on the majority of parks means that footfall on parks is now around a fifth lower than last year, whilst in high streets it remains -51.9% lower and -44.3% lower in shopping centres.

The importance of the hospitality industry to high streets is reinforced by the results for each day last week, as the latest insight from Springboard reveals that there was a double digit rise in high street footfall across the UK on five of the seven days – versus just two days in shopping centres.