UK economy

  1. Retailers on Wakefield city centre's pandemic recovery

    Gemma Dillon

    Political Reporter

    Wakefield is one of the places bouncing back more quickly from the pandemic, according to new research from the group Centre for Cities.


    The organisation says its research suggests spending in the city is high, compared with bigger destinations such as Leeds - and the city is second only to Blackpool when it comes to pandemic recorvery.

    However, it also points out that business is only getting back to pre-pandemic levels, when high streets were already struggling.

    Amanda Cardones

    Amanda Cardones (pictured above), who runs a dress shop in Wakefield, says her trade has trebled this year: "People have learnt to spend online, which they didn’t do previously.

    "Both in the shop and online, people have been treating themselves a little bit more. They haven’t been going to restaurants, holidays, so they’ve treated themselves to clothing."

    Bradley Derby

    Bradley Derby's family-run coffee shop in Cross Square is so busy he wants to expand it.

    Bradley (pictured) says: "It's getting a lot busier after covid, especially with all the events they’re putting on. We’re on about moving some of the counters back and making a few more tables, because there’s no seats available anymore on a weekend."

    Aneta Bak-Ford

    Aneta Bak-Ford (pictured) is a florist. She says the city is busy, but doesn't want the council to get complacent: "Footfall is there, that’s for sure, so the centre is busy - people just walking, looking, browsing. We still need to do some more to get rid of the empty shops."

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