THE PEOPLE behind the Merrion Centre in Leeds tucked into a celebratory lunch to mark its 50th anniversary.
The first phase of the original build cost just £2m in 1964, and today the centre is worth around £140m.
Nearly 150 people attended the lunch on Tuesday, which was held at the nearby Leeds arena.
Edward Ziff, chairman and chief executive of Town Centre Securities PLC, said: “We welcomed 10.6million shoppers last year and we’re confident of exceeding that this year.
“My thanks are to every single employee, tenant, contractor, supplier, and shopper who has helped shape the centre into the famous Leeds shopping destination which it is today.”