TRINITY LEEDS CELEBRATES FIRST BIRTHDAY AND SUCCESSFUL YEAR OF TRADING WITH INDUSTRY AWARD WIN

Trinity Leeds has attracted more than 22million visitors in its first year. The centre, owned and operated by Land Securities, celebrates its first year of trading success on Friday 21 March, has also contributed to bringing over two million additional visitors to Leeds City Centre.

In addition, Trinity Leeds was named Retail Destination of the Year at the 2014 Oracle Retail Week Awards last month, beating stiff competition from finalists including Westfield Stratford City, Bullring, Birmingham and The Crown Estate, Regent Street.

The judges said Trinity Leeds “has been truly transforming for Leeds town centre.  The impact it has had on city visitors is fantastic.”

The scheme is currently 97.5% let or in solicitors’ hands and showcases over 100 independent, national and international brands, almost half of which are new to the city. Victoria’s Secret, Mango, Apple, Superdry, Next, Armani Exchange, Top Shop and River Island have been joined in the last 6 months by Primark, which has opened a 107,000 sq ft flagship store in the scheme.

Naomi Howard, Leasing Manager for Trinity Leeds comments: “We are delighted to have attracted such a diverse portfolio of brands at Trinity Leeds. The scheme is almost fully let, which is testament to the strength of belief in the scheme and the city as a whole.”

Trinity Kitchen, the UK’s most innovative food concept, launched in October.  It includes both food pods and authentic street food trucks which are rotated in and out of the scheme on a monthly basis. Food and leisure accounts for 24% of total units at Trinity Leeds, which is significantly higher than the industry average. Shoppers can enjoy everything from a quick bite to the best in fine dining, with varied offerings from the likes of Wagamama, D&D London’s Crafthouse and Angelica, Giraffe and The Botanist, Wasabi and soon Meat Liquor too.

Testament to Trinity Leeds’ leisure credentials is the largest Everyman cinema in the UK – and the first in the North – which provides a unique cinematic experience. With quality films in a luxury setting, viewers can swap a soft drink for a glass of wine as they recline on plush velvet sofas. The cinema and bar overlooks a separate 100 seat restaurant – The Everyman Pizzeria, a first for the Everyman group.

Andrew Myers, CEO and founder of Everyman, says; “The retail and leisure credentials of Leeds was, and still is, immensely exciting and something that we wanted to be part of. Our unique venue seems to have found a real audience in Leeds and we look forward to further developing our relationship with Land Securities on future projects.”

The average dwell time and average spend at Trinity Leeds is significantly higher than the average for in- town shopping centres, according to CACI’s Shopper Dimensions Report.

Des GunewardenaChairman and CEO at D&D London, comments; “We have had a terrific first year at Crafthouse and Angelica and are very proud of what we have achieved. I think they are both world class venues .We are very pleased to be in Leeds and to be part of Trinity Leeds’s big success.”

Commenting on Trinity Leeds’ successful first year, Gerald Jennings, Portfolio Director for Land Securities, says; “Trinity Leeds has brought a fresh and innovative take on retail and leisure to the UK market. We have welcomed more than 22 million customers and have increased footfall to the city of Leeds with our vibrant and diverse shopping, leisure and entertainment offer.  We look forward to the next phase of Trinity Leeds as it continues to grow and adapt to ever-evolving customer and retailer needs.”

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