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Harrogate ranked as one of leading shopping destinations in UK

Harrogate has been ranked as 23rd in new Harper Dennis Hobbs research into the nation’s best performing retail centres.

Harrogate has been ranked as 23rd in new Harper Dennis Hobbs research into the nation’s best performing retail centres. Strategic retail property consultancy Harper Dennis Hobbs (HDH) has compiled a list of 1,000 retail centres, ranking them based on the health of high streets and shopping centres in the area. And Harrogate came in at 23rd, whilst neighbouring Yorkshire towns Ilkley and Skipton came in at 10th and 12th respectively. [caption id="attachment_6180" align="aligncenter" width="1200"] Harrogate was ranked at 23rd in the list of the UK's 1,000 leading shopping destinations[/caption] The HDH Vitality Ranking 2021 named Beaconsfield, Henley-on-Thames and Tenterden in the top three in a list dominated by London and the South East. According to several factors, the HDH Vitality Ranking determines the health of high streets and shopping centres, including the change in residents’ movement, vacancy rates, and suitability to local consumers’ demands. Andy Metherell, Head of Retail Consultancy at HDH, explained:

“Our analysis is unique as we use variables that both consumers and retailers consider when assessing shopping locations to rank the top 1,000 retail centres in Great Britain. This Vitality Ranking looks very different from previous years as the ‘retail health’ of high streets across the country has seen contrasting fortunes since the start of the pandemic. “The most vital retail centres currently provide services that are essential to people’s lives, such as grocers and pharmacies. These essential retailers have been able to trade throughout the strictest lockdowns, and consumers have not been willing or able to travel far to visit these stores. Shopping patterns have therefore changed significantly since the start of the pandemic, and consumers’ local high streets are benefitting at the expense of major destinations.”
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