A staggering 12 million people have set foot in the £350m Trinity Leeds shopping centre since it opened its doors in March.
And by Christmas bosses say the scheme will have created 3,000 jobs, following the opening of Primark in December.
The number of people visiting the city centre has also received a boost, with over 31.4million visitors – a rise of over 1 million – since the shopping centre was launched eight months ago.
Council bosses, business leaders and tourism experts have hailed it as a huge success story for the city.
Councillor Keith Wakefield, leader of Leeds City Council said: “Trinity Leeds has provided a huge boost to the city’s already impressive retail offering and has helped make the city a more vibrant place to live, work and shop.
“In the face of a challenging economic climate, Trinity has helped Leeds to buck the national trend and has firmly established our city as one of the country’s leading shopping destinations.
“And with support from other city centre developments both now and in future, we’re confident that Leeds will continue to flourish and offer shoppers and visitors more than ever before.”
Since its opening in March, 30 new shops have opened inside the one million sq ft development, taking the total to over 100 shops, bars and restaurants.
Gary Verity, chief executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said: “The addition of Trinity Leeds to the city has provided visitors with even more reasons to venture in to Leeds, with its vibrant mix of retail and dining.
“When added to the already hard-to-beat tourism offer in Leeds, you have a city that can rival the best in Britain.”
Alastair Lockheart, from Leeds-based shopping and retail marketing agency Savvy, said: “Trinity is a fantastic asset for Leeds and beyond into the West Yorkshire area.
“Any initial fears and worry over the empty shops in the centre of the city just haven’t manifested themselves.
“Leeds is one of the great cities in the UK and I think previously it had been let down by the retail offering.”
David Downes, centre manager at Trinity Leeds, said: “It’s been a busy eight months for me.
“But the centre has added so much to the city.”
He added: “It’s great that we’ve had over 12 million visitors. It’s helping the city centre footfall, which is a very positive thing for the city.”
Lord Mayor of Leeds, councillor Tom Murray, said: “It’s another success story for Leeds.”
Andrew Dudley, of Trinity Leeds developers Land Securities, said: “We are absolutely chuffed to bits and the addition of Trinity Kitchen is a quantum leap forward for a shopping centre environment.”