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A number of well-known retailers are moving out of Leeds but new names including designer brand DKNY are moving in during a retail shake-up of the city centre.

Rubber clog maker Crocs has shut down barely a year after opening at Trinity Leeds and Austin Reed is holding a closing down sale at its city centre store.

Meanwhile, budget clothes chain Internacionale and shoe store Aldo recently left Leeds.

Crocs, which occupied a prominent site in the mall off Commercial Street, is one of the first stores to leave Trinity since Land Securities opened the centre in spring 2013.

Internacionale also closed down last month after the company went into administration.

It is understood that the closure of the 1,300 sq ft Crocs store formed part of a wider plan to close many of its UK sites. The mobile phone shop 3 is filling the void.

It comes amid a flurry of new lettings at Trinity, including DKNY, Italian cosmetics company Kiko, and restaurants Meat Liquor and Cabana.

Gerald Jennings, Land Securities’ development director for the North, said: “Getting DKNY into Leeds is a big vote of confidence for Leeds and Trinity.”

He added: “Things change and move on. Crocs needed to move their business and they are doing this up and down the UK. The demand for Trinity is such that it was an opportunity for us, evidenced by us getting someone in straight away and securing all this other activity as well.”

Meanwhile, Austin Reed is holding a closing down sale. Sainsbury’s is rumoured to be replacing the tailor at the 3,000 sq ft site.

Meanwhile, Aldo recently pulled out of its Commercial Street store.

 

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