Altrincham has been named as one of Britain’s leading shopping locations according to major new research.
The town ranked as the nation’s 37th best performing locations in a list of 1,000 retail centres compiled by strategic retail property consultancy, Harper Dennis Hobbs.
Altrincham climbed an incredible 440 places compared to last year’s rankings – the biggest jump of any place in the country.
The HDH Vitality Ranking determines the health of high streets and shopping centres, including the change in residents’ movement, vacancy rates and suitability to local consumers’ demands. The research pointed to £60million in investment as the reason behind Altrincham’s resurgence, which had included the refurbishment of the market, transport interchange and other public realm improvements.
The news comes with most of Altrincham’s shops currently closed due to Covid-19 restrictions – but is a reminder of how far the town had come before the enforced closure. The only North West towns ahead of Altrincham on the ranking were Chester (20th) and Knutsford (30th). The market was cited as one of the factors behind Altrincham’s jump in the rankings.
Let us hope that most businesses are able to reopen when they are allowed to by the easing of restrictions.