Centre has provided a wow factor that was missing for too long.
BEFORE Trinity Leeds opened its doors, there were sceptics who suggested it might not spell good news for the city.
The hunch was that the new shopping complex might only succeed in dragging in existing stores from other parts of the centre, leaving empty spaces in their wake.
A year on from its opening, the signs so far are that this isn’t the case.
Instead of leading to gaping holes on Leeds’s principle shopping streets, Trinity is instead spearheading a revival of the city centre.
A study of the top 500 town centres across Great Britain shows Leeds saw the highest net change in the number of retailers operating in the city over the last 12 months.
While 80 outlets closed over the year, there were 135 openings in the same period.
Of course, many of those new shops are in Trinity Leeds itself – it boasts 120 of them. And time will tell if there is a long-term impact on other parts of the city.
But it’s hard to think that the pulling power of the innovative and impressive £350m complex won’t benefit other stores outside it – not least given the fact that 22m people have already passed through its doors.
Crucially, Trinity has provided a wow factor that was missing for far too long – and one that should pay dividends for retailers right across the city.
Paying a high price for a family holiday
THE thorny issue of taking family holidays during term time won’t go away.
It’s easy to see both points of view. Parents can’t be blamed for wanting to take their children for a trip abroad, without paying the exorbitant mark-up that kicks in during the school holidays.
On the other hand, youngsters are at risk of falling behind if they miss a day of school – let alone two weeks.
The fairest solution would be for holiday firms to lower their prices outside term time. In the meantime, perhaps it would be best left to headteachers to judge each case on its merits.