After months of lockdown businesses across Peterborough enjoyed a great first week back.
Peterborough city centre opened for business once again on April 12.
Since then Peterborough City Council says shoppers have flocked back – drawn by its wide range of shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs.
Eve Warner, owner of The Lightbox Café, said: “It’s been fantastic. We were obviously a little bit nervous but lots and lots of our regular customers have come back, which has been absolutely brilliant and they’re delighted to be back out and coming to the Lightbox again.
“Business has exceeded our expectations. Every day has been a good day and the new menu has been very popular. My feeling is that as it gets warmer it will only improve, so we’re really happy.”
While Dom Brewin, general manager at Argo Lounge, said: “In a word, it’s been amazing. The weather has of course helped us so much, customers have really complied with the new safety restrictions and we’ve got a new cocktail menu and they have been flowing very freely.
“We’ve been really busy at lunchtimes and in the evenings too, so our priority has been to turn tables so that we can accommodate as many alfresco loungers as possible
“It’s been great to see so many regulars along with people trying us out for the first time. The number of guests visiting the lounge has exceeded our expectations. It’s really encouraging to see the city come back to life and there’s a real buzz in the team.”
Visitors enjoyed a long-awaited fix of retail therapy, dining and refreshments.
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Gareth Norman of Bean Around BE.AR, said: “We’ve been blessed by the weather and have got off to a tremendous start. In fact, we have already employed two additional members of staff and are planning to extend our opening hours if things continue to go this well.
“Customer numbers have been good and on one day in our first week back open, they were the same as we experienced last summer when restrictions were eased.
“We have introduced a new range of sandwiches and are planning to open an experience centre downstairs where customers can use the new range of coffee machines which we will soon be selling. We will also soon be roasting limited edition beans in-store and delivering these to peoples’ homes.”