Leeds is a mecca for shopping and leisure, with its compact city centre which is perfectly walkable, the city is a visitor’s paradise. Named the best shopping destination in the UK by the rough guide to Britain, Leeds City Centre has over 1,000 shops, and over 300 bars and restaurants.
As a national destination, this area helps to fuel our visitor economy: helping to drive demand from retail and leisure occupiers as well as a growing demands for further hotel and residential developments across the city centre.
The Retail Core Today
Leeds is established as one of the leading retail destinations in the country. With shops and leisure activities housed in beautiful arcades and listed buildings, and a centre that can be covered on foot in a few hours, Leeds offers a shopping experience like no other UK city. Recent investments include:
Trinity Leeds – Housed under a giant iconic glass roof, Land Securities Trinity Leeds (opening in 2013) is located in the heart of the city between Briggate and Albion Street. Covering 3 floors and open 7 days a week, Trinity is home to over 120 shops, bars and restaurants.
Briggate – Leeds' main pedestrianised high-street; home to major national brands and a key link to Merrion centre, the Light, the Core, Leeds Trinity and Victoria Gate as well as the city’s unique Victorian Arcades.
Victoria Quarter – home to the largest John Lewis department store outside of London , 75 designer brands, major leisure at the Victoria Gate Casino and Leeds’ Harvey Nichols, since its completion in 2016, this Hammerson development has helped Leeds to increase its retail rankings nationally
Leeds Kirkgate Market, part of which is a Grade I listed building dating from 1875, is one of the largest covered markets in Europe and is open 6 days a week. There are over 400 stalls inside and a further 200 outside. Kirkgate Market is also where Marks & Spencer was born - Michael Marks opened his Penny Bazaar there in 1884. A major programme of investment is ongoing in this area
Through Our Spaces Strategy, this area will see major investment in the public realm, building upon the long standing success of Briggate. Further investment will see improved pedestrian and transport links to surrounding areas of the city centre, whilst the area is excellently located nearby to Leeds Station, subject to major investment plans as part of collaboration between the Council, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, Transport for the North, Network Rail and Department for Transport. Our plans for a yearlong celebration of culture as part of a six year programme of activity will also drive footfall in this area.
This vibrant area has a diverse range of investment opportunities for both investors, developers and occupiers alike. Major redevelopment is progressing around Kirkgate Market and ambitious plans are progressing around Leeds Corn Exchange. There is a growing demand for new hotel developments on the back of the strength of our visitor economy.