Victoria Gate shopping centre is set to open to the public in Leeds today, anchored by the city’s first John Lewis store.
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The £165m scheme was designed as a modern version of a Victorian arcade, and alongside the 260,000 sq ft John Lewis, the company’s largest store outside London, features brands such as &Other Stories, Cos, Tommy Hilfiger and Anthropologie. Many of the brands in the centre are new to Leeds, with some retailers, including Honey Birdette and Ghost opening their first stores outside London.
The new centre comprises 381,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, with 23 retail units in total, and was developed by Hammerson, who also own the adjacent Victoria Quarter. The two units combined create the largest premium retail destination in the North of England.
Once open, the centre will help raise Leeds to third place in the UK’s best places to shop rankings, according to Javelin retail consultants.
David Atkins, CEO at Hammerson, said: “This is a truly unique development and there is nothing else like it in the UK. We are confident that Victoria Gate will set new standards for retail across Europe as it becomes an iconic piece of Leeds’ retail heritage.”
“Whilst transforming the city’s luxury and aspirational shopping and dining offer, Victoria Gate will also provide a significant contribution to Leeds’ local economy with the city now set to become the undisputed regional shopping capital of the North.”