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Landsec celebrates five years of Trinity Leeds, a scheme which revitalized Leeds city centre and redefined retail experiences in the 21st century

Landsec’s Trinity Leeds turned five years old on 21st March. Following Landsec’s decision to regenerate two 1970s shopping arcades in Leeds city centre, Trinity opened in 2013 and has since set the benchmark for shopping centres in the 21st century. Having established a reputation as a launching pad for new retail innovations and leisure concepts, Trinity is now widely regarded as a natural destination of choice for international and domestic brands, outside of London.

Key firsts introduced by Landsec at Trinity Leeds include:

  • Trinity Kitchen – a world first street food dining concept, which curates the very best culinary experiences from leading established and emerging restaurateurs. Trinity Kitchen consists of eight permanent restaurants supported by a rolling cast of five leading street food pop-ups.  Currently Trinity Kitchen offers Indian street food from Pavs Dhaba, Malaysian cuisine from Dapur Malaysia, and a premium burger offering from Wagyu Lookin’ at?, a British street food awards’ finalist for the past three years.
  • International restaurant group D&D launched its first two restaurant concepts outside of London at Trinity Leeds – Angelica and Crafthouse.
  • Leading operators, such as jewellery and accessories retailer Lovisa and premium cinema brand, Everyman Cinemas, chose Trinity Leeds as their first locations in the north of England.
  • Unique events brought forward by Trinity Leeds, include Wonder Weekend (an annual two-day spectacle which welcomes over 60 different experiences to the centre and provides one-time-only offers for visitors) and the UK’s biggest Gin and Vodka Festival. Hosted in Trinity Kitchen, the festival saw Trinity become the first UK shopping centre to launch its own brand of gin – ‘Ginity Leeds’.

Trinity Leeds continues to play an incredibly important role in the economic success of Leeds. Recent research by Landsec estimates that Trinity Leeds supports over 5,400 jobs and generates nearly £150m in economic output each year.

Key facts about Trinity Leeds include:

  • At 788, 900 sq ft, Trinity Leeds is the size of 13 football pitches.
  • 1,902 panes make up Trinity’s glass roof which is lit by more than 940 LEDS lights that can be controlled individually to create different moods and ambiences. The centre’s famous glass dome has the strength to support 10 elephants.
  • 68 new brands (both UK and international) have come to Trinity Leeds since it opened.

Rob Jewell, Portfolio Director, Landsec said: “Trinity has had an incredible impact, both as an engine for local economic success and as a pace setter for innovation and evolution in the retail and leisure sector. We continue to work in collaboration with our brands to deliver the best in class experience for our customers and engage with shoppers to ensure their feedback drives continuous improvement. We’re very proud of the many thousands of jobs Trinity supports and the huge role it plays in boosting Leeds’ reputation as a city that is recognized globally as a fantastic place to live, work and visit. What’s more exciting is that we are by no means finished. We’re progressing a number of innovative initiatives at Trinity right now which will ensure that this magnificent scheme continues to set new records for many years to come.”

Hilary Benn, MP Leeds Central said: “Trinity has been a great addition to Leeds city centre. It set a new standard for design and is very popular with shoppers.”

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