Search

Storm blasts hole in sales for businesses in Beckton Triangle retail park

PUBLISHED: 12:48 07 January 2014 | UPDATED: 13:07 07 January 2014

Contruction workers have cordoned off the site and are trying to remove the fallen canopy Photo: Shekha Vyas

Contruction workers have cordoned off the site and are trying to remove the fallen canopy Photo: Shekha Vyas

Archant

Hundreds of thousands of pounds in takings have been lost by businesses at a Beckton retail park which has been closed since before Christmas because of storm damage.

Contruction workers have cordoned off the site and are trying to remove the fallen canopy Photo: Shekha Vyas Contruction workers have cordoned off the site and are trying to remove the fallen canopy Photo: Shekha Vyas

Twelve stores at Beckton Triangle Retail Park missed out on what should have been their busiest trading period of the year after high winds brought a 40 foot canopy over the entrance of one of the stores crashing down into the car park two days before Christmas.

Big chain stores – including Curry’s, PC World, Next, DFS, Paul Simon and others – were told they could not open until the canopies and structure of the buildings had undergone thorough safety checks which will not be completed until the end of this week.

Some staff at the park’s stores have been 
relocated to nearby branches for work.

Jones Lang Lasalle, the park’s management agency, said they have no plans to compensate the businesses, which it expects will rely on insurance to make up for the lost revenue.

A spokesman said: “Triangle Retail Park, Beckton, has been closed following the collapse of a large canopy structure due to high winds.

“Clearance of the collapsed structure and works to ensure structural integrity of the remaining canopies is in progress and will be completed as quickly as possible.”

He added that the park will reopen fully by January 10, unless there are delays due to weather conditions during the work.

Curry’s, PC World, Next and other companies refused to comment on lost revenue, saying they “do not release that information”.

The overall number of shoppers was up this year from last year, according to John James, executive secretary of the Newham Chamber of Commerce.

Springboard, which monitors “footfall”, or the number of people entering shops, said retail parks and shopping centres saw a rise in visitors on key sale days like Boxing Day this year, while high street sales dropped.

Diane Wehrle, marketing director at Springboard, said: “The footfall shows that people have headed out early – the Boxing Day sales are always a big event and people know to get out first thing and queue in order to find the best deals.

“The fact that shopping centres and retail parks are still up reflects the less onerous parking tariff that often deters shoppers from town centres.”

0 comments

Latest Newham News Stories

Five years ago today, Stratford was the centre of the world’s attention as it played host to the opening ceremony of London 2012.

Elizabeth Olympic
Yesterday, 17:56

An man has today been arrested in east London on suspicion of dissemination of terrorist publications.

Yesterday, 17:07

An East Ham pensioner at risk of developing diabetes has completed a 100km walk to help keep the condition at bay.

Newham
Yesterday, 15:39

The ArcelorMittal Orbit will play host to an interesting new type of ice cream this week to riders of The Slide.

Elizabeth Olympic

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Read more

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Read more

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now