Victoria Gate in Leeds, one of the major regeneration projects by the UK’s property development and investment firm, Hammerson, opened to the public last week.
The new retail and leisure complex has already filled 90% of all its units, and some of the major tenants include John Lewis, Nespresso, Le Pain Quotidien, Neom Organics, T2, Tommy Hilfiger and Hacket.
For over 75% of the brands that are taking up Victoria Gate’s retail units, it is their first entry to the city of Leeds.
The £165 million development was designed and delivered by Acme, making it the largest leisure complex in Northern England. This has resulted in Leeds becoming highly attractive place for shopping.
The development has played a large role in boosting the city’s economy by creating more than 1,500 new job opportunities for the locals in various sectors including, retail, construction and hospitality.
Judith Blake, Leeds City Council Leader Councillor, said: “Victoria Gate is already making a big impact on Leeds. It has introduced a significant number of employment opportunities locally. It is a striking scheme which has redefined the skyline in that sector of the city centre and its opening will further cement Leeds’ place as one of the best places to shop and visit in the UK.
“I’m delighted to welcome its opening on behalf of the city and I’m confident it will be a fantastic addition to our existing diverse offer of independent, high street and luxury retailers.”
David Atkins, CEO of Hammerson added: “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.”