Woking Shopping has seen footfall climb 9.9%, year on year, helped by the hosting of the town’s Festival of Food and Drink for the second-year running.

The three-day festival welcomed tens of thousands of visitors to Woking Town Centre who enjoyed an assortment of over 60 high quality food and drink stalls, live culinary demonstrations and music throughout the scheme.

At the same time, the scheme’s  indoor state-of-the-art covered market has been visited by more than 250,000 people since it opened on 1 October .

The purpose built development operated by Quarterbridge on behalf of Woking Borough Council, Market Walk is home to 22 self-contained kiosks and demountable units varying in sizes from 80sq ft to 190sq ft.

Hayden Ferriby, commercial director at Quarterbridge, said: “We are delighted to have opened Market Walk at Woking Shopping, which is the perfect location to provide visitors with something different seven days a week.  Market Walk provides operators with bespoke facilities in a specially-designed area that is completely undercover.  The quality of Market Walk is reflected by the quality of the operators, all of whom bring something different to Woking Shopping.

“Since the launch in October, a new delicatessen has opened in one of the two remaining kiosks and local specialist butchers, Bevan’s, is due to open in early January.  These last two offers should continue to develop the growth of fresh produce.”