Liverpool’s largest indoor retail destination, St Johns Shopping Centre, is looking forward to seeing improvements in footfall and car park occupancy following the recent completion of the Lime Street Connectivity Scheme.

For the duration of the 36-month scheme, the centre’s footfall and car park occupancy dramatically reduced due to the ongoing roadworks restricting access to St Johns car park.

As the gateway to the city’s cultural attractions, including theatres, museums and entertainment venues, the car park’s inaccessibility has had a negative knock-on effect on many businesses within St Johns’ vicinity.

Now, with the works completed and the new-look Lime Street open, St Johns is keen to see its footfall and occupancy rates recover to bring an increase in trade to its tenants, many of which are local independent retailers.

Neil Ashcroft, Centre Director at St Johns Shopping Centre, commented: “We’ve had to deal with a series of challenges for the duration of the Connectivity Scheme, as have many other businesses in the area, and we’re pleased to see the scheme now in action.

“As a community shopping centre, we’re an important base for our shoppers, many of whom access our stores, facilities and services on a daily basis.

“Our car park is also a vital asset, feeding footfall to many other businesses in the area, and its inaccessibility has dealt a blow to those businesses that rely on us.

“Now, we’re looking ahead to a hopeful future for the area. We are open, we are accessible, and we hope that the redesign of the road will facilitate a return to normality for our community.”

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