Here at last: Leeds Victoria Gate shopping centre opens its doors

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IT’S here at last: the long-awaited Victoria Gate shopping centre finally opening its doors today to the delight of Leeds shoppers.

Thousands of people swarmed into the city’s newest shopping destination this morning to get a first look at the spectacular £165m development.

OFFICAL OPENING OF VICTORIA GATE, LEEDS: John Lewis, Leeds. Pictured (left to right) Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome To Yorkshire, Nile Wilson, Olympic Gymnast, David Atkins, from Hammerson, Developers, Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, and Tom Riordan, CEO of Leeds City Council.

OFFICAL OPENING OF VICTORIA GATE, LEEDS: John Lewis, Leeds. Pictured (left to right) Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome To Yorkshire, Nile Wilson, Olympic Gymnast, David Atkins, from Hammerson, Developers, Judith Blake, Leader of Leeds City Council, and Tom Riordan, CEO of Leeds City Council.

Stores at the centre, anchored by Leeds’ first John Lewis branch, were due to open at 10am.

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Coun Richard Lewis, the council’s executive member for regeneration, transport and planning, said the hotly-anticipated scheme is set to be the final shopping centre to be developed in the city as Leeds reaches the epitome of retail opportunities for a city of its size.

He said the development focus should now shift to providing high-quality office space for Leeds professionals.

“We need to have grade A space and Leeds has a shortage,” he said.

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