Cannock Community Connects During Tea at 2

As well as being a great place to shop, Cannock Shopping Centre’s Tea at 2 events helped residents of Cannock connect with each other during the month of September.

Tea at 2 was run every Tuesday during September from 2-3pm, where free tea and cake was provided to shoppers in the centre. Visitors were encouraged to connect with each other by sitting in the pop-up seating area in the centre, where visitors could sit with other shoppers, have a chat and make new friends!

Centre manager for Cannock Shopping Centre, Susi McCarthy, was on hand to act as ‘tea lady’, handing out slices of cake and drinks. She commented:

“It was fantastic to see visitors sitting and talking with people that they did not know. There is a real sense of community within Cannock and these types of events really solidify that idea. I don’t think you’d see that happen in many places. We’ve had some fantastic feedback including people venturing back into the centre for the first time in a while and being pleasantly surprised by our new stores and cafes.”

Over 120 visitors attended the weekly events, significantly boosting footfall figures for the month of September. The event was also a roaring success for one of Cannock’s newest tenants, Broome Meadow Bakes, where several visitors purchased items from the bakery to take home once they had finished their free tea and cake.

Lydia Ellis, Marketing Manager for Cannock Shopping Centre, also commented:

“We had lots of fun managing Tea at 2 this month. Watching people connect with people they would not normally talk to was really rewarding for us and made our jobs feel worthwhile. We hope that visitors stay in touch with each other!”