Exciting new look for ‘dated’ south Leeds shopping centre

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SHOPPERS have been giving their reactions after artist’s impressions were released of how a new extension being built at the White Rose shopping centre in South Leeds will look.

Construction work got underway on Friday on a brand new 11-screen cinema and restaurant development at the White Rose Shopping Centre in Churwell, which first opened for business in March 1997.

The 65,000 sq ft expansion will be anchored by a new Cineworld cinema, which will host IMAX technology, as well as six new restaurants and an outdoor play area.

Construction of the new facilities, featuring new outlets for Pizza Hut, Wagamama, TGI Fridays and Chiquito, is due to take around 18 months.

The extension is set to create 350 new full and part-time jobs.

Shoppers have been airing their views after artist’s impressions of how the new development will look were published on the White Rose centre’s Facebook page.

Facebook user Janet Clegg wrote: “About time, is very dated at the moment.”

Tracey Meeshell wrote: “Great, No more fighting for seats at lunchtime.”

Becci Firth asked: “Is the building work going on top of existing car park spaces? Therefore leaving us with less space than we have already?”

Laura Jackson wrote: “Does this include a second changing places so people can use it whilst they are at the cinema? Or for times like now when the current changing places is out of action.”

A White Rose spokesman replied on Facebook: “Thank you for all of your questions and comments – we are so excited about this development. Laura Jackson, The current changing places will be open again in ten weeks, making them like new again.”

“To all the parking questions - we have recently opened a new staff car park, ensuring the best places are kept for our customers.”