Leeds climbs list of UK’s top retail destinations

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Leeds has been named as one of the top three retail destinations to visit in the UK.

The city has moved up a spot from last year and beat thousands of other venues to make it to one of the most sought after positions in the list.

The Javelin Group’s annual ranking of the UK’s top retail venues takes into account 3,000 cities.

The top three destinations outside of London have been named as Glasgow at number one, Manchester in second place and Leeds third.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for transport and the economy said: “In the last few years a number of new and exciting developments have sprung up in the city, including the Trinity Leeds shopping centre, the arrival of the First Direct Arena and the start of work to the new Victoria Gate scheme.

“Over the last 10 years almost £2.7billion of major property development schemes have been completed in the city with a further £178million of schemes under construction at the end of 2013.”

He added: “Leeds is thriving and will continue to do so.”

The news comes hot on the heels of Trinity Leeds’ latest accolade.

Last week it was revealed that the shopping centre was voted among the UK’s ‘coolest’ brands by an influential list of designers.

The £350m development bagged a top spot on the prestigious CoolBrands list by a panel of judges including designers, style experts and prominent figures from the worlds of TV, fashion and music – such as author Sophie Dahl, singer-songwriter Labryinth and model Jodie Kidd.

Trinity Leeds shares its ‘CoolBrands’ status with the likes of Apple, Prada and Glastonbury.

The city centre now boasts eight indoor shopping centres with more than 1,000 stores.

Leeds also has an estimated 1.9m people living within 30 minutes’ drive of the city centre, with a total shopping catchment population of nearly 3.2m people regionally.

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