The shopping centre has blamed the ongoing £9m Lime Street project for the decrease in visitors.
The news comes after NMCN, the main contractor for Lime Street, went into administration. Liverpool City Council said it would use this opportunity to review the scheme. This could mean more delays to a project that was meant to complete in December.
That would be bad news for St Johns, according to centre manager Neil Ashcroft.
“We have already seen our car park occupancy and footfall drop by 30% overnight, and our car park is now the quietest it’s been since the most recent national lockdown,” Ashcroft said. “This is affecting all businesses in the area, but independent retailers are certainly going to be hit the hardest.”
Ashcroft also urged the council to act quickly.
“As a shopping centre located in the heart of the city and home to a range of independent businesses who rely heavily on footfall in the local area, I sincerely hope that Liverpool City Council and its partners will work to remedy the situation in the fastest and most appropriate way possible,” he said.
Regarding the Lime Street contractor, Grant Thornton is the administrator for NMCN Group and is selling off parts of the company. Already NMCN’s telecoms, plant and water divisions have been sold. A sale was not arranged for the buildings division, however. But, news regarding the sale of the infrastructure division is expected in the coming days.