At 10am on the 21st of March, Leeds will open the ‘UK’s Latest Shopping Centre‘, I’ve been quite excited about it for a while, My initial worries about it being another empty shopping space in Leeds were put to rest over time.
But as the date draws closer, I’ve started to see signs on stores around Leeds “moving to Leeds Trinity, New store in Leeds Trinity”, at first it was just Next and Primark but that got me thinking.. those are two big stores in Leeds, I doubt they will open up another store so close to each other, so it makes sense that they will close the other one, leading to more empty spaces in the City.
I saw the list this morning of the stores opening in the centre and it’s great, there are some fantastic brands in there and as an AFOL, it’s about time we got a Lego brand store but I can’t help but notice all the duplicates of stores already in Leeds, I don’t know how many are opening an additional store compared to moving completely, but looking at a few names;
- Dorothy Perkins
- La Senza
- New Look
- River Island
- Urban Outfitters
I’ve not mentioned food places or mobile phone shops since usually they will stick some close together, interesting that a certain fruit based mobile & computer retailer is missing from the confirmed list, even though they are looking for staff in a Leeds store, when that opens, I can see no possible way that a reseller such as KRCS will stay open (not that I’m against it, it’s business, it’s just another empty shop space in Leeds).
Overall I think Trinity Leeds is a going to be a great thing for Leeds but I am constantly annoyed at the empty retail units around the City centre, how long has the old borders building in Leeds been empty now? It just makes the City look empty and I’ve personally tried to take retail space in Leeds, but even on a space that has been empty for years. but anyway that’s another post.
We can only wait what happens to the spaces around the area and City.
Stores Moving To Trinity, a set on Flickr.