Hull’s popular Fruit Market has recorded its highest ever monthly footfall figures, as businesses begin to bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic.
Humber Street, in the heart of the Fruit Market, recorded 147,519 visitors in June. It surpassed the area’s previous record of 111,554, also recorded this year, in March.
The encouraging figures from the Fruit Market are also reflected elsewhere in the city centre, with footfall the highest it has been for 17 months. Footfall in the city centre was recorded at 2,662,971 for June.
Councillor Daren Hale, leader of Hull City Council, said: “The Fruit Market is a perfect example of what can be achieved when the public and private sector work together.
“We are incredibly fortunate in Hull that our business community support and believe in the Council’s visions and aspirations for the city. By working together, and by putting the needs of our residents and businesses first, we can collectively continue to regenerate and provide better opportunities now, and for future generations.”
Hull’s Fruit Market continues to grow and attract more businesses to join its unique and diverse offer. In recent months new restaurants, bars, shops and cafes have all opened on the Marina, adding to the existing vibrant offer.
The opening of Murdoch’s Connection in March, a stunning bridge that connects Hull’s Marina to the city centre, has also made it easier for visitors to access the Fruit Market.
The city centre footfall figures are monitored and collated by HullBID.
Kathryn Shillito, HullBID executive director, said: “Our investment into recording footfall at key city centre locations provides an accurate report on the bigger picture, and enables us to identify the specific impact of particular places and events.
“The Fruit Market has demonstrated its pulling power, with its unique combination of food and beverage, bespoke retail and high calibre office space which is now attracting some of the biggest companies in the city. Their arrival, coupled with the rising demand for residential space, means that footfall is on the increase in the Fruit Market and people are staying there for longer.”
The regeneration of the Fruit Market is a partnership between Wykeland Group, Beal Homes and Hull City Council, as part of the Fruit Market LLP.