Shopping centres prove to be most popular

JONO GALUSZKA
Last updated 08:02 15/11/2012

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Shopping centres in Palmerston North are continuing to attract people while Broadway Ave bleeds potential shoppers, latest pedestrian count figures show.

The figures, compiled by the Manawatu branch of the Property Institute of New Zealand, count the number of pedestrians who pass by certain areas of Palmerston North over three half-hour periods.

The entrance to The Plaza in Church St was the most popular place, with 1529 people passing by in the 90-minute time frame. That was nearly double the 876 who walked past Pagani, opposite The Plaza.

The two entrances to the Downtown Shopping Complex were the next busiest, with the pavement outside The Coffee Club rounding out the top five.

Although numbers outside GQ in The Square were up slightly from last year, the traffic outside three other measured spots in Broadway - Trade Aid, Alexanders and Wilson Jewellers - all fell by at least 20 per cent.

The biggest increase in traffic was seen outside the former Costa's restaurant building in Cuba St, with a 30.6 per cent jump on last year's numbers.

A survey was also done of foot traffic inside The Plaza, but those figures were not released. The pedestrian counters exclude children under 15, police, construction and delivery workers.

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- Manawatu Standard

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