Trinity Leeds, the £378m scheme developed by FTSE 100 property company Land Securities, will attract an estimated 23m visitors a year, and feature a large range of major retail names including Primark, Topshop, Mango, Next and Urban Outfitters.
The 1m sq ft centre is already 90pc let, with around 120 shops, restaurants, bars and coffee shops. It will bring 46 new names to the city and is expected to generate around £29.5m in annual rent for Land Securities.
“Before then it wasn’t the right time to start a major scheme, it has been a difficult market,” says Richard Akers, an executive director. “But we saw an opportunity in Leeds, we knew there was strong demand.”
Around 20pc of the development will be dedicated to leisure, which is a larger proportion compared with older centres.
Topshop has opened, while Primark will open during the autumn, as will Trinity Kitchen, a “street food” area which will feature changing brands.