The wait is finally over as Trinity Leeds was unveiled to thousands of eager shoppers today.
The new addition to the city’s skyline, with its huge glass-domed roof, is expected to create 2,600 jobs across the region, its owners said today.
Work on the project began in 2008 but was stopped for more than year as the economic storm swept the UK.
The one million sq ft centre, named after the Holy Trinity Church it stands next to, will include a cinema, which opens in April, as well as more than 120 shops, restaurant and bars.
It was launched today with an opening event curated by British fashion designer Henry Holland.
This included the unveiling of the world’s longest designer dress - a 15m-high creation modelled by aerial acrobat and former Cirque du Soleil principal artist Colette Morrow.
Colette was slowly revealed from a giant gift box under the central atrium of the shopping centre and performed several stunts before sporting the dress, embellished with thousands of Swarovski crystals.
The retail and leisure development has 1 million sq ft space and today more than half of the 120 shops opened their doors to the public.
The rest will open throughout the year.
Henry Holland said; “It has been an immensely rewarding project to work on and it has been great to hear the reaction from the public and see it all come to life on opening day.”
Marketing manager Paul Smith said: “Trinity Leeds promises to constantly offer visitors something new.
“The centre combines shopping with entertainment and events including pop-up shops, performances, art installations and it will even help play host to the very best of the Leeds cultural calendar.
“Set in the heart of Leeds and joining the three busiest shopping streets under our stunning, sweeping dome roof, Trinity Leeds brings the largest range of shops ever to the city for visitors to enjoy.”
Mr Smith said almost half of the stores at Trinity Leeds are new to the city and most of the units have already been let.