A new poll has underlined the importance of food & beverage offerings in maintaining footfall in town centres, with 52% saying it was a draw.

Bracknell Regeneration Partnership, a 50:50 joint venture partnership between Legal & General Capital and Schroder UK Real Estate Fund, together with Bracknell Forest Council, surveyed over 2,000 adults across the UK.

Over a quarter of all age groups under 55 said that they like to enjoy using F&B and leisure facilities when they visit the town centre, as well as retail, and over a quarter of those polled said that better or more restaurants would improve the town centre (29%).

James Lass, fund manager, Schroder UK Real Estate Fund, said: “This research has been really useful in learning more about what town centre’s need to do to continue competing with the Internet. The results demonstrate that online shopping is more frequent in younger adults, but a good mix of experiences, such as F&B and leisure, can help draw these shoppers to their town centre.”

Richard Poyser, retail leasing manager at Legal & General Capital, said: “With continued speculation around the ‘death of the high street’, it’s very reassuring to see that people would still prefer to shop in store than online. However, as young people increasing desire social experiences when shopping it is important for town centre’s to ensure a good mix of F&B and leisure to provide range of experiences to support the retail offer.”

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