As someone who works in a department store, the St Steven’s development is simultaneously exciting and worrying: one of my colleagues said to me last night “it’s make or break for [shop where we work]”. Will it bring more business for the store, or will people stop crossing Ferensway after they get off the bus or train and instead just shop in St Steven’s? There remains the legend of the many people in nearby East Riding villages who prefer to shop in York or Leeds rather than Hull, but it’s unknown whether the new developments will change their opinion of Hull shopping. After all, the only shops that seem to be coming in are the chains other cities already have.
It’s going to be an interesting few weeks. The grand opening is scheduled for 20th September. We’re essentially looking at a development that will shift the focal point of the town centre eastwards, away from Queen Victoria Square. Whatever the knock-on effects, I’m sure it will be largely positive for the city as a whole.