The solid reputation Leeds already had for shopping was the foundation for this development. Harvey Nichols chose the city as the location for its second store in 1996, and the Victoria Quarter was well known for its designer boutiques.
However, retail growth had stalled in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis so it was important to us that we made sure Trinity Leeds continued the Leeds tradition by securing well-known names for its opening. It wasn’t just about big brands though – we’ve changed the way the city centre operates by bringing new life, and later opening times, into the ‘Capital of the North’.
Building a central destination
Trinity Leeds replaced two old fashioned 1970s shopping arcades in the heart of Leeds.
Following the economic downturn, we waited for the market to present the right opportunity for us to redevelop and in 2013 we opened Trinity Leeds, the first new shopping centre to be built in the UK during the recovery.
The result of our work is a light and airy space with a stunning glazed roof lit by more than 940 LEDs. These are all individually controllable, and can create mood lighting throughout the day as well as impressive light shows.
Trinity Leeds is not our only shopping centre in the city - the White Rose shopping centre is located in the South of Leeds slightly further out of town.
Changing the face of Leeds
Trinity Leeds has brought 68 new national and international brands to the city as it has become a natural UK location of choice after London. Lovisa, Models Own and Everyman Cinemas all chose Trinity Leeds for their first locations in the north of England, while Crafthouse & Angelica chose Leeds for their first D&D restaurants outside of London.
The cinema, bars and restaurants stay open late, drawing people to the centre and encouraging them to stay longer. Businesses elsewhere in the city are now opening later as well, creating a vibrant night-time economy that’s put Leeds back on the radar for other retailers and restaurateurs looking to expand.
An innovative approach to food
Trinity Leeds has 39 places to eat and drink, from quick-grab coffee and snacks to sophisticated seafood and cocktails. What’s really got people talking, however, is Trinity Kitchen – a new way of regularly experiencing different cuisines.
Our eight permanent restaurants, which include Vietnamese noodle bar Pho, Tortilla and Rola Wala, are supplemented by five new street-food traders every two months.
It’s the first time a vendor-rotation scheme like this has been used and is a conversation starter thanks to the casual, communal seating and the trendsetting vibe of the street art we’ve added. It also means there’s always something new for visitors to try.
The process of rotating the traders in and out of the street-food pitches on the first floor is equally unique – each vendor brings their own van and our hydraulic lift puts them in place.
Trinity Kitchen’s success has led us to roll out the concept at some of our other properties, like Glasgow’s Buchanan Galleries.
Soul food for Leeds’ beating heart
We’re proud to have breathed new life into the centre of Leeds, creating a new destination for daytime and evening, retail and leisure, eating and drinking. Explore our street food revolution.
Trinity Leeds truly is the beating heart of the city, with a renewed, competitive rhythm of retailers and leisure providers.
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