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Flemingate pulls in the crowds

Beverley’s Flemingate shopping centre celebrated its second anniversary on Saturday with the news that more people than ever before are visiting the site. Numbers were up by 50 per cent in the past 12 months, compared to its first year, with more than 2.3 million flocking to the shopping and leisure site.

Flemingate now has 28 big retail and leisure brands and independent traders and overall, 800 jobs have been created there. Beverley Chamber of Trade president Julian Minshall says he believes the centre has boosted the town’s appeal while commercial property agent Chris Mason agrees that it has added to the vibrancy of the town centre, with, he says, a lower number of empty shops now, compared to two years ago.