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Old September 15th, 2011, 08:13 AM   #2581
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westfield is like a wal mart? we find all the things we need? because it's possible that in my next visit in london we could need some foods elements.
Westfield is one of the worlds biggest shopping centre (mall) owners. So it is different to wal mart in that it contains hundreds of different stores.
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Old September 17th, 2011, 05:16 PM   #2582
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Traders 'astounded' as 160,000 visit Westfield

Traders at the Westfield shopping centre in Stratford were "astounded" after 160,000 customers passed through the mall on its first day.

The developers of the £1.45 billion centre, the largest in London, had expected 100,000 shoppers to turn up but the actual total even surpassed the 150,000 who visited its sister mall, Westfield London in Shepherd's Bush, on its first day three years ago.

A spokesman for Westfield said today: "We have had an absolutely phenomenal first day."

Matt Hermer, chief executive of the Ignite group, which opened a branch of its restaurant Bumpkin, at the 1.9 million sq ft centre, said: "We were astounded and amazed at how many people came out.

You could hardly see any of the buildings there were so many people. There was no sign of the recession in any way, shape or form. We smashed all our internal forecasts with 350 covers."

City analyst Nick Bubb of brokers Arden Partners, who visited the mall yesterday, said the sheer volumes of shoppers prevented him getting to many parts of the centre.

He added: "Three years on from the success of Westfield London, this shows that big new centres can still prosper in an age of online shopping, if they are well located and organised, so Westfield Stratford has every reason to be optimistic."

The Westfield spokesman added: "To see the people of London and beyond embrace Westfield Stratford City so readily makes us all feel very proud of what has been achieved."
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Old September 17th, 2011, 11:55 PM   #2583
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160,000 is ridiculous.

Thats the size of an average town.
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Old September 18th, 2011, 05:06 AM   #2584
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I take it you preferred it was an unsuccessful venture right from the first day then.

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Old September 22nd, 2011, 12:53 AM   #2589
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The huge new Westfield mall in Stratford has smashed all records in its first week by attracting more than one million shoppers. The crowds have been so enormous that the main entrance to the £1.45 billion centre next to the Olympic Park had to be shut for an hour on Saturday.

The million mark was reached in seven and a half days, easily beating the 10 days it took sister mall Westfield London, in White City, to reach the same milestone. It means that crowds equivalent to the entire population of Birmingham passed through Westfield Stratford City in a week, with some 220,000, about the same as the population of Derby, on Saturday alone.

A Westfield spokesman said it had been forced to make its main entrance from the Underground stations "exit only" on Saturday afternoon because of the crush. Shoppers were redirected to the quieter entrance on the other side of the centre near the John Lewis department store. She said: "We had to do a bit of crowd control because everyone was coming in at one point and we got a bottleneck."

Traders said they had been stunned by the response since the opening of Europe's largest urban shopping centre last Tuesday.

Noel Saunders, managing director of John Lewis Stratford City, said: "Seeing the queues of shoppers outside the doors on opening day was tremendously exciting for the team. We've had some amazing feedback and with sales higher than anticipated, we are thrilled.

"The London 2012 Shop and the amazing view of the Olympic Park have proved the biggest hit with customers and the commemorative London 2012 pin badges have flown off the shelves." Larry Meyer, executive vice president of fashion store Forever 21, said: "We had over 800 fashion-fans queuing across two floors outside, waiting for the doors to open on launch day."

Matt Hermer, chief executive of Ignite Group, which runs the Bumpkin organic restaurant at Westfield, said: "We are 50 per cent over our financial projections, we had a party last night to celebrate."

Mexican-themed restaurant Wahaca said it had queues for nine hours continuously on Saturday. A spokesman said: "Throughout the first week, Wahaca got through 36 litres of their hottest habanero salsa, with back-up supplies having to be ordered."

A spokesman for Jamie Oliver's Jamie's Italian said 5,000 meals were served in the first week. Michael Gutman, managing director of Westfield UK/Europe and new markets, said: "We are overwhelmed by the response from our consumers. The transport infrastructure, both road and rail, has performed superbly."
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London 2012 organisers begin to welcome Olympics volunteer workforce

A tennis enthusiast from Wales who will help ensure the Olympic event at Wimbledon runs smoothly and an accountant from London who coaches athletics in the shadow of the Olympic Stadium are among the first 10,000 people to be confirmed as volunteers for the 2012 Games.

London 2012 organisers have begun informing the first batch of 10,000 successful applicants from across the country. They will be sent emails this week confirming that, subject to security checks, they will be among the 70,000 unpaid volunteers who will receive food and uniforms in return for playing an integral role in how the Games are perceived. At previous Games, most notably Sydney in 2000, the volunteer workforce have played a key role in defining the atmosphere of the event.

The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Locog) is still interviewing for so-called Games Makers roles and will continue making offers until April next year. There were more than 250,000 applications for the roles and 100,000 were invited to be interviewed at assessment centres across the country.

Neil Crisp, a 48-year-old accountant from Ilford, was one of those selected along with the rest of his family. "Myself and my wife have been managing one of the water stations on the London Marathon for the last 10 years. More recently, my two daughters and my new son-in-law have come on board as well," Crisp said. "We were asked by the London Marathon to put ourselves forward as a team – our family and five others as well."

Crisp said he had been told that the team would be manning a crossing point during the marathon and other road events: "Just to be part of it is a great thing for us, we're really looking forward to it."

Charlotte Evans from Caerleon, Wales, will be an event services team member at the Olympic tennis tournament at Wimbledon. "It's my first time actually volunteering for anything. It's great for me because I play tennis as a hobby and I'm a teacher so I coach the tennis club at school as well."

The Locog chairman, Lord Coe, said: "Beginning to make offers of roles this week marks the next stage of the Games Maker programme to put the best possible team together to welcome the world next summer."

The organising committee is also beginning the process of inviting applications for the so-called Young Games Makers roles, which will allow 2,000 young people aged between 16 and 18 to apply to be volunteers in London.

Teachers, coaches and youth group leaders have been invited to apply on behalf of teams of young people to carry out roles including distributing results to the media and carrying athletes' kit. Some specialist positions have already been filled through links with sports governing bodies.

"The memories and experiences that they will take away with them will last a lifetime, as will the sense of pride and achievement and the friends they will make," Coe said of the young recruits. "As a result, I hope we inspire our Young Games Makers to volunteer or stay involved in sport long after the Games have finished."
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Old September 22nd, 2011, 11:42 PM   #2591
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London offices at Westfield Stratford City 'in first phase'

The London offices set to open at Westfield Stratford City are in their first stage of development. On September 13th, the £1.8 billion east London retail centre opened its doors, with more than four million people within its catchment area.

As well as high street and designer stores, a cinema and other entertainment facilities, the complex will boast 130,000 sq ft of London offices set within a 1.1 million sq ft office precinct. And with Westfield Stratford City being so close to the site of the Olympics, businesses with a base here are well connected across the capital.

London offices here would be eight minutes away from Liverpool Street in the City and within a 15 minute journey from Canary Wharf via tube and the Docklands Light Railway, both major financial and business centres.

Westfield Group also owns Westfield London and co-chief executive officer of the organisation Steven Lowy asserted that it hopes its "two London centres will be the two top-performing urban centres in Europe, have retail sales of over £2 billion, attract over 50 million consumer visits per annum and create over 25,000 permanent jobs in London".
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Too bad there are some economic issues that is happening in London. I hope this will be solved the soonest..
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The economic conditions we far from the best when this got started and they managed through it.
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 12:33 AM   #2594
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London is pretty much immune to the crisis unlike the rest of the UK. Lots of the big scale projects that we thought never possible are happening in the worst times of the economy.
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 01:45 AM   #2595
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As long as you don't have financing issues, its actually cheaper to construct during bad times. Cheaper labour and materials.
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Old September 23rd, 2011, 05:07 PM   #2596
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London is pretty much immune to the crisis unlike the rest of the UK. Lots of the big scale projects that we thought never possible are happening in the worst times of the economy.
The economy of global cities is mostly detatched from the rest of the countries they're located. Besides, I suppose this Olympic Park actually made some companies stay afloat.
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Old September 24th, 2011, 11:34 AM   #2597
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Well, hold on a sec, the Olympic village and media centre had to be built entirely with public funding becuase the private contractors couldn't raise the funds in the immediate aftermath of the banking crisis. Two of the biggest projects in the Park with a combined worth of over a billion pounds had to be bailed out and are state owned because of the banks not lending to anyone during that time.

It is testament to the planning of the ODA and the government's unwillingness to let the project fail that people have forgotten this or didn't realise it happened.

But to say London 2012 is or was immune from the financial crisis is wrong.
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Old September 24th, 2011, 01:37 PM   #2598
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westfield is like a wal mart? we find all the things we need? because it's possible that in my next visit in london we could need some foods elements.
Westfield is one of Australia's biggest companies, famous for opening hideous, soul destroying malls all over Oz (and now the world). From memory, they have a few malls in the USA as well.

In fairness, the two new Westfields in London are much better than the ones here.
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Old September 28th, 2011, 10:36 PM   #2599
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I know London has nothing to proove to anybody but this stadium is kindly said just regular.
Nevertheless I don't doubt it will look good on tv.
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