Discount fashion retailer Primark will open a 90,000 sq ft store at the new Trinity Leeds shopping centre, it was announced today.
It is the largest space allocated to a single fashion brand at the development, which is due to open in two years’ time.
The three-storey outlet will be one of the anchors of the Yorkshire centre, presiding at its western end opposite a new flagship store from fellow fashion retailer H&M.
Trinity Leeds, being constructed by Land Securities, now has 58 per cent of its trading space pre-let and in solicitors’ hands despite how challenging the market is at present.
Richard Akers, Managing Director for Retail at Land Securities, said: “There’s a real sense of excitement in the city about the Trinity Leeds development and its investment in Leeds.
“You can already see that it is transforming the city and people are eagerly awaiting the opening. Primark’s new store has just increased the anticipation.”
After Westfield Stratford opens on the September 13th of this year there will be no new shopping centres opened in the UK until Trinity Leeds is unveiled in spring 2013.
A report from Cushman & Wakefield earlier this month showed that the country’s total shopping centre stock rose at its slowest pace for 16 years last year, and many property developers seem cautious of constructing large retail developments.
Land Securities is happy with how its development is progressing however and predicts that Leeds will be catapulted from seventh to fourth in the UK retail rankings, leapfrogging Manchester, once Trinity Leeds is opened.
Akers continued: “The store will attract many shoppers from across Yorkshire and further afield. And it’s another milestone for the project and a real demonstration of our strong relationship with Primark.
“Last year, we announced major new stores in Sunderland and Livingston creating great spaces for the popular brand. Together we’re showing confidence in this great city.”