Retail sector

Middlesbrough is the most significant town between Leeds and York to the south and Sunderland and Newcastle to the north. Middlesbrough’s retail offer attracts customers from a wide catchment area, including the affluent rural communities in North Yorkshire, as well as providing an appealing shopping alternative for the northern coastal towns and cities.

  • 136,316 people can reach Middlesbrough within a 10-minute drive
  • Over 700,000 people can reach Middlesbrough within a 30-minute drive
  • 25,450 are people employed form surrounding areas to commute to Middlesbrough every day
  • 30,000 students attend the town centre-located Teesside University and Middlesbrough College

The town centre has four large shopping centres which contribute to the total trade area encompassing 1,147,115 sqm and the town’s retail sector generates more than £256.7m with £4,353 p.a. average household comparison good spend

Building on the momentum of the recent Baker and Bedford Street developments, independent retail is also thriving in the town and continues to be nurtured through a variety of initiatives.

Middlesbrough was named a Rising Star in the Great British High Street of the Year Awards in 2015, in recognition of the strides it is making in improving the town centre.

With millions of pounds of investment and exciting development underway, there is no better time to be part of it.