THE Old George Mall in Salisbury has a new manager who has shared his vision for the centre.

Arnold Catterall has 22 years’ experience in the industry and arrived at the shopping complex at the beginning of the month.

On Catterall’s agenda is what improvements can be made to deliver an experiential shopping experience, but he is also looking at ways that the mall can make the most of its space for exciting and dynamic initiatives and events, following the success of Tiny the Dinosaur’s visit at the end of May.

He said: “Because Old George Mall has been part of Salisbury for such a long time, we strive to future-proof the centre with the addition of exciting retailers, fantastic initiatives and engaging events.

“We’re progressing on that front and if we can provide the shops and experience that the local community wants then people will continue to come here. It’s a well-visited mall and our aim is to not only continue that trend, but also improve it.”

Old George Mall’s new centre manager has gained further retail operational experience across several locations, including Camberley, Southampton and East London.

“Salisbury has got quite a vibrant centre and I was really interested in coming here from East London,” he said.

“With that, it is a very different environment, but it’s one that I had previously enjoyed. The appeal, of course, is that this is a wonderful and historic city that has got so much going for it. I think we have an opportunity to reinvigorate what we have here.

“The Old George Mall is great and I’m looking for the sunlit uplands and I think that is certainly in Salisbury’s sights. It’s a wonderful place to be – winter and summer, we have a great tourist destination as we know and welcome a lot of different cultures and get exposed to so many different experiences. We have got a city to be truly proud of here.

“The biggest difference for me is the Salisbury BID, which was recently re-voted for and using that will be beneficial, not just for the city, but for all the people in it. This together with the Local Authorities and Enterprise Partnerships who are working hard to make Salisbury resilient and makes for a great future.”