Shopkeepers in Lincoln will remain committed to late night shopping on Thursdays throughout the year, according to Lincoln BIG.
Despite some 40 High Street shops, such as Paperchase and Lush, dropped out since the scheme began in July 2011, Lincoln BiG say over 60 stores remain in support.
Debenhams’ Store Manager, Chris Claxton, agrees late night shopping should continue, but thinks the city needs to look at how customers are drawn into Lincoln at night.
“We have always been staunch supporters but would like to see more shops getting on board this initiative as well, to help to increase footfall,” said Claxton.
Lincoln BIG are determined to keep the city a destination that stays ‘alive after five’ despite the economic downturn.
Lincoln BIG Chief Executive, Matt Corrigan, explained how shopping habits are definitely changing.
“People are increasingly looking to visit their favourite stores, after hours, and then making a night of it by combining this with a meal out and a trip to the theatre or cinema,” he said.
As well as promoting their 2012 events programme, which includes plans to install a big screen on Cornhill for the Olympic Games, Lincoln BIG are keen to work with more retailers and businesses who may be interested in joining in late night shopping.
Retailers interested in taking part can get in touch using Lincoln BIG’s contact page.