EARLY signs of success of the new Cineworld are beginning to shine through for businesses in Gloucester Quays.
After just a few weeks, new business is being sucked into the Quays thanks to the increased footfall driven by the new 10 screen cinema complex.
The docks revolution could be on the cusp of boomtime, with businesses there confident of a prosperous 2014 in store.
As punters flocked to the Quays for two festive fayres earlier this month, retailers hope it is a sign of even better things to come.
Ben Taylour, Deputy Manager of Nando’s said: “The Festive Fayre was a very successful weekend.
“There is a great atmosphere here at Gloucester Quays Outlet and we are seeing an increased number of families visiting the destination.”
Gareth Ford – Jones, Deputy Manager of Ed’s Diner that opened earlier this year, said the Quays is starting to develop into a blossoming social hub.
“The evening trade has increased since the opening of the cinema, and customer feedback has been very positive,” he said.
Maciek Klinkosch, General Manager of Chimichanga said “We have seen an increase in the footfall, particularly with a younger crowd now enjoying all that is on offer here at Gloucester Quays Outlet.”
Richard Rawlings, Centre Manager at The Quays, said: “We are delighted to be introducing such well-known reputable brands into our retail and leisure categories.
“The North Face and All Saints stores will be a key addition to our already strong mix of retail brands, which will also complement and strengthen the Centre’s existing tenants.
“The restaurant sector is an area that is continuing to grow, at Gloucester Quays Outlet, and Real China will be a welcome addition to our leisure and dining quarter offering.
“It is a very exiting time for the Centre, with the recent opening of the 10-screen Cineworld Cinema, we are able to offer our customers more choice when shopping and dining here.”
Emma Joyce, manager at Portivo Lounge, said: “It is our first Christmas here and the bookings have been really positive so far.
“On Friday night we had 64 bookings and then walk in customers also. It shows people are happy to come to the Quays for a night out as more businesses open up here. It is a good sign for the future.”
Shoppers flocked to the Quays earlier this month for the launch of the second instalment of The Hobbit trilogy showing at the new Cineworld.
People piled in to the docks for a spectacular wizard show, traditional music and stalls selling festive food.
The Quays took on a unique mythical and magical theme with more than 80 stalls selling distinctive, artisan gifts and award-winning food and drink, plus hot food-to-go and warming mulled wines and ciders. More Quays events are expected to be staged throughout 2014 to help showcase what is on offer.