Hereford's Old Market hits the one million mark

Hereford Times: Old Market staff celebrate the centre's 1,000,000th customer. Old Market staff celebrate the centre's 1,000,000th customer.

ONE million customers have visited Hereford’s new development, the Old Market, in just two months.

Building on a manic launch day on May 1 that saw the new branch of Costa Coffee rank among the most popular of its locations throughout the country, the project has proved a hit with shoppers.

Vodaphone will next week join the ranks, while the much-anticipated arrival of Japanese restaurant Wagamama will soon see the full complement of eateries open on site.

Clothing giant H&M is also expected to open at the end of the summer, with a four-day programme of events over August Bank Holiday set to celebrate the final store openings.

Centre manager Scott Lahive said: “The number of visitors we’ve had at the Old Market is testament to the fact that the centre is a much-welcomed retail and leisure hub for Hereford.

“The new store openings will also ensure we can offer even more variety for our valued shoppers.”

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7:05pm Tue 1 Jul 14

avaniceday says...

And if they all had a car and parked there, that's £1200000 for two months.
Ker Ching!!
And if they all had a car and parked there, that's £1200000 for two months. Ker Ching!! avaniceday
  • Score: 2

9:26pm Tue 1 Jul 14

yokelyokel says...

How is this figure arrived at? It would mean that every man, woman and child in Herefordshire had been a customer 5 or 6 times. Is it mostly people doing a weekly shop or getting a lunchtime sarnie and free coffee in Waitrose?

Still, I for one will be extremely grateful to be able to finally shop at H&M, TK Maxx, Next, Fatface and Vodaphone. In the bad old days I would have had to go all the way to, err, Hightown.

Still no HT reporting of the Ofsted report on Herefordshire child protection? Readers will need to go the BBC Hereford and Worcester website for important local news.
How is this figure arrived at? It would mean that every man, woman and child in Herefordshire had been a customer 5 or 6 times. Is it mostly people doing a weekly shop or getting a lunchtime sarnie and free coffee in Waitrose? Still, I for one will be extremely grateful to be able to finally shop at H&M, TK Maxx, Next, Fatface and Vodaphone. In the bad old days I would have had to go all the way to, err, Hightown. Still no HT reporting of the Ofsted report on Herefordshire child protection? Readers will need to go the BBC Hereford and Worcester website for important local news. yokelyokel
  • Score: 17

9:33pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Major disaster says...

Yokelyokel
I am sure the I million figure is made up of visitors from other counties as well as herefordshire. I think it has made a positive difference to the city, and judging by the the amount of people using the various eateries after a film at the cinema it is a welcome change to see the areas busy with people enjoying themselves and behaving instead of the usual drunken idiots that blight our city and many others besides.
Yokelyokel I am sure the I million figure is made up of visitors from other counties as well as herefordshire. I think it has made a positive difference to the city, and judging by the the amount of people using the various eateries after a film at the cinema it is a welcome change to see the areas busy with people enjoying themselves and behaving instead of the usual drunken idiots that blight our city and many others besides. Major disaster
  • Score: 5

10:02pm Tue 1 Jul 14

TwoWheelsGood says...

Lies, damned lies and statistics ... maybe they had a minimum wage slave counting heads all day long. However they have arrived at it, it's a nonsense of course, but people have fallen for less ...
Lies, damned lies and statistics ... maybe they had a minimum wage slave counting heads all day long. However they have arrived at it, it's a nonsense of course, but people have fallen for less ... TwoWheelsGood
  • Score: 1

10:38pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Wattsy.no1 says...

Are these figures based on paying customers or people walking through the area???
Are these figures based on paying customers or people walking through the area??? Wattsy.no1
  • Score: 6

10:47pm Tue 1 Jul 14

Mr.Herefordian says...

Well done, moaners on your bikes, the IOC must be sick with their campaign to stop this development. Look it's built if you don't support the city get back to where you came from.
Well done, moaners on your bikes, the IOC must be sick with their campaign to stop this development. Look it's built if you don't support the city get back to where you came from. Mr.Herefordian
  • Score: -1

11:19pm Tue 1 Jul 14

saidflo says...

"the centre is a much-welcomed retail and leisure hub for Hereford"

Hooray!

Lovely, it's a success and so easily accessible for all.
"the centre is a much-welcomed retail and leisure hub for Hereford" Hooray! Lovely, it's a success and so easily accessible for all. saidflo
  • Score: 11

9:20am Wed 2 Jul 14

Clarkester says...

Are the figures based possibly on door counts?
ie: people get counted automatically on entering a shop...
So, someone having a look round Next... 1 shopper.
The same person goes to TK Maxx... 1 shopper.
Then they pop into Fat Face... 1 shopper.
Then a coffee in Costa... 1 shopper...
One person is now 4 shoppers.
Are the figures based possibly on door counts? ie: people get counted automatically on entering a shop... So, someone having a look round Next... 1 shopper. The same person goes to TK Maxx... 1 shopper. Then they pop into Fat Face... 1 shopper. Then a coffee in Costa... 1 shopper... One person is now 4 shoppers. Clarkester
  • Score: 11

10:30am Wed 2 Jul 14

mizza21 says...

Lovely. A featuretisement on the HT website.

I hope you charged them for this free advertising.
Lovely. A featuretisement on the HT website. I hope you charged them for this free advertising. mizza21
  • Score: 3

11:52am Wed 2 Jul 14

Herefordboy says...

According to these figures it is attracting 25% of Meadowhalls footfall,one of the largest mall in the Uk with over 200 stores? Dont get me wrong I like the Centre (I was in the cinema and Zizzis last night) but I wouldnt read too much into these figures.
According to these figures it is attracting 25% of Meadowhalls footfall,one of the largest mall in the Uk with over 200 stores? Dont get me wrong I like the Centre (I was in the cinema and Zizzis last night) but I wouldnt read too much into these figures. Herefordboy
  • Score: 10

12:08pm Wed 2 Jul 14

B the B says...

Well said Mr Herefordian. Not happy unless they moan, Its the best thing that's happened to our city for years and a success. Well done to all involved.
Well said Mr Herefordian. Not happy unless they moan, Its the best thing that's happened to our city for years and a success. Well done to all involved. B the B
  • Score: -6

2:06pm Wed 2 Jul 14

yokelyokel says...

B the B wrote:
Well said Mr Herefordian. Not happy unless they moan, Its the best thing that's happened to our city for years and a success. Well done to all involved.
Success,

- Urban village?
- Relief Road?
- No Hightown shops?
- Developer to pay council not vice versa?
- Revenue from new cattle market versus cost of providing it?
- All car parking revenue to the council?

Yes indeed, well done to all involved.
[quote][p][bold]B the B[/bold] wrote: Well said Mr Herefordian. Not happy unless they moan, Its the best thing that's happened to our city for years and a success. Well done to all involved.[/p][/quote]Success, - Urban village? - Relief Road? - No Hightown shops? - Developer to pay council not vice versa? - Revenue from new cattle market versus cost of providing it? - All car parking revenue to the council? Yes indeed, well done to all involved. yokelyokel
  • Score: 21

8:56pm Wed 2 Jul 14

mr.dig says...

i visited but did not spend, does that count?
i visited but did not spend, does that count? mr.dig
  • Score: 6

4:30pm Thu 3 Jul 14

littlewhitebull says...

I've visited several times and quite like the place. Sadly, I've not yet bought much except for some groceries at Waitrose. The bits and pieces I have bought recently have been purchased in High Town, Eign Gate, Widemarsh Street and Maylord Orchard.
Possibly room for all sites to flourish in time? I wonder what the footfall in the original shopping areas is now?
When I went to the OLM there didn't seem to be as many people there as I encountered in High Town. Naturally, this might just have been due to the time of day I was there.
I've visited several times and quite like the place. Sadly, I've not yet bought much except for some groceries at Waitrose. The bits and pieces I have bought recently have been purchased in High Town, Eign Gate, Widemarsh Street and Maylord Orchard. Possibly room for all sites to flourish in time? I wonder what the footfall in the original shopping areas is now? When I went to the OLM there didn't seem to be as many people there as I encountered in High Town. Naturally, this might just have been due to the time of day I was there. littlewhitebull
  • Score: 9

10:31am Fri 4 Jul 14

dplcv37 says...

I do like it i just wish they would hurry up and open some more shops because otherwise people will start to become disinterested in it.
At the moment it looks like a bit of a ghost town with all the empty shops.
I do like it i just wish they would hurry up and open some more shops because otherwise people will start to become disinterested in it. At the moment it looks like a bit of a ghost town with all the empty shops. dplcv37
  • Score: 6
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