About one million people are expected to pass through the doors of a Dundee shopping centre in the run-up to Christmas.
More than 230,000 people visited the Overgate last week alone, with numbers expected to remain steady from now until the big day.
Both the Wellgate and Overgate shopping centres are expecting high levels of footfall as shoppers snap up the last of their gifts and Christmas essentials.
Malcolm Angus, centre manager at the Overgate, expects the six- figure number of people to pass through the centre’s doors throughout this month.
Mr Angus said: “It is still a little early to compare year-on-year, but the centre continues to be extremely busy.
“Last week there were 231,430 visitors and for the year to date, we have welcomed just under 10 million people.
“During December we would estimate around one million visitors through the doors with the week commencing December 17 anticipated to be Overgate’s busiest week.
“We have extended the £1 tariff for all day Sunday parking and this year’s Overgate Santa event begins in two weeks to further enhance our provision for families.”
While the Wellgate Centre hasn’t provided figures on its projections for this month, centre manager Peter Aitken said the outlook was “very positive”.
Mr Aitken said: “The second half of the year has been particularly positive for Wellgate, with a brand new gym and the more recent opening of TJ Hughes, which has provided a much-needed boost to the centre’s retail offering.
“We also had a fantastic turnout at our Christmas lights switch-on event, attracting an increase on the last two years’ audience numbers.”
The centre boss added that the return of TJ Hughes after its closure in 2011 was helping to “reinvigorate” the centre.
He said: “With TJ Hughes reporting strong sales already, and the shop reinvigorating the entrance to the centre more generally, we are confident that our footfall and sales will be very positive as we welcome December and, looking further ahead, the post-Christmas sales.
“We are very much looking forward to welcoming shoppers through our doors in the weeks ahead.”
Toy stores, including city newcomer Smyths, have reported “definite” increases in footfall and spend in the build-up to December 25.
Viv Hamilton and Dave Blair, owners of the Quirky Coo on Union Street, said the opening of the V&A has resulted in an increase in business for them, with footfall up 35%.
Dave said: “It seems to be more customers are coming in for a nose just because they are passing.
“Christmas time every year is really busy.
“There are still new people finding us.
“We aim for the people of Dundee and the tourists that come are almost a bonus to us.”
Viv added: “This is the busiest time of year for us without at doubt.”