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Leeds White Rose Centre celebrates 15 years as ‘true shopping destination’

CELEBRATION: White Rose centre director Peter Cook celebrates the 15th birthday with long-serving Debenhams member Tracey Sidebottom.

CELEBRATION: White Rose centre director Peter Cook celebrates the 15th birthday with long-serving Debenhams member Tracey Sidebottom.

A TOP Leeds retail centre has been marking 15 years in business.

The White Rose Shopping Centre has been marking its achievement all this week.

White Rose Shopping Centre opened its doors on March 25, 1997 and marked the start of a new retail opportunity for Leeds.

Now it attracts more than 12.5m shoppers each year from across the region.

Peter Cook, centre director, said: “Over the past 15 years White Rose has become a thriving home to all the leading high street retailers and we’ve worked hard to ensure that our loyal shoppers have access to the latest fashion and consumer brands as well as a comprehensive catering offer all under one roof.

“In our 15 years I’m proud to say we have become a true destination shopping experience of choice with 4,800 free car parking spaces and over 100 high street stores for our shoppers to enjoy.”

Tracey Sidebottom, supervisor at White Rose Debenhams, said she had seen changes over the last decade-and-a-half in consumer tastes.

She said: “Over the past 15 years the trends in fashion and cosmetics have changed greatly with certain styles coming full circle to become a key look for a new season.

“At Debenhams we are always moving with the times to ensure we stay on trend with the latest runway collections.

“As the trends change so does the retail choice, a few years ago fashion was dominated by a young crowd with tight clothes and hemlines getting shorter and shorter.

“In the last couple of seasons, the collections have demonstrated a more grown-up edge which has opened up the current trends for the older customer.”

She added: “Cosmetics brands have changed a lot over the years too.”

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