Westfield shopping centre enjoys Olympic boom

Westfield shopping centre enjoys Olympic boom

Thousands of international visitors including Olympic competitors, volunteers and spectators have been descending upon Stratford’s newest shopping centre, Westfield.

The 1.9 million sq ft Stratford City mall, which opened last September, has reported that traffic is meeting its expectations, and increased trading hours by 30%.

Each evening, the United Arab Emirates team have been breaking their Ramadan fast at the restaurant chain Indi-Go in the centre according to some reports.

This is in stark contrast to reports of the ‘Olympic ghost town’ effect in other parts of London, where restaurants, bars, clubs and shops are empty.

Many traditional tourist hotspots have reported a fall in ticket sales, as visitors flock to the Olympic venues.

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Some West End traders have reported business is down by as much as 70% as tourists and Londoners are steering clear of the centre due to fears of overcrowding.

Transport for London (TFL) is being blamed following their warnings in the run up to the Games.