Bumper sales were enjoyed at Gloucester Quays this weekend as three new firms opened their doors to their first weekend of trade.
Clothing retailers AllSaints and The North Face and Chinese buffet restaurant Real China became the latest additions to the shopping and leisure complex, which now boasts more than 70 businesses under its name.
Thousands of people packed out the Gloucester Quays area as a festive fayre was held.
Centre manager Richard Rawlings said: “What a fantastic weekend, with big crowds and a host of exciting new openings.
“We delighted to be introducing such well-known reputable brands. The North Face and AllSaints stores are key additions to our already strong mix of retail brands.
“The restaurant sector is an area that is continuing to grow and Real China is a welcome addition. It is a very exiting time for the centre.”
It comes as billionaire property developer John Whittaker, the man at the helm of Gloucester Quays’ owner Peel, visited the centre yesterday.
He enjoyed a luncheon in a special tent in the Pillar and Lucy Square, where he watched videos of the Gloucester Quays’ rise to success.
Gloucester mayor Chris Chatterton was among the guests. He said: “There was a great atmosphere. It was nice to see people putting so much money and belief in our city.
“The weekend really was a bumper one for the Quays. I was down there, off duty, as a dad, and I couldn’t get a space at Zizzi because it was full.
“The people from The Real China are really positive about their first few days.”
Jason Pullen, manager director of Peel Outlets, said: “It is very much becoming a place that is full of life and culture, whether it is dining al fresco at one of the new restaurants, stopping off for a coffee or coming to one of the many events throughout the year.
“Where there are people, there is life and we have plenty of that. There is so much more to come.”