City Buzz: New rooftop restaurant and fashion retailers sign up for Leeds’s £165m Victoria Gate scheme

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A NEW rooftop restaurant and three fashion retailers have snapped up sites at the £165m Victoria Gate development in Leeds.

Global restaurant group D&D, which owns Angelica and Crafthouse at Trinity Leeds, will open a 7,807sq ft rooftop site with an outside dining terrace.

D&D's Crafthouse restaurant at Trinity Leeds.

D&D's Crafthouse restaurant at Trinity Leeds.

The group has a string of 37 restaurants across the UK as well as restaurants in New York, Copenhagen and Tokyo.

Robin Dobson, director of retail development at Hammerson, said: “Securing this fantastic line-up of high-end retailers as well as D&D, which is a significant first in Hammerson’s shopping centre portfolio, is a great result for the development.

“By creating a unique retail and dining environment at Victoria Gate, which is a modern interpretation of the Grade-II listed Victoria Quarter, the development provides the perfect opportunity for aspirational brands to step outside of London and build a presence in Leeds; a city which is already one of top three places to shop in the UK with the potential to become a world class, retail, dining and leisure destination.”

Fashion retailers Cos, &Other Stories and Anthropologie will also make their Leeds debut at the site.

Cos has signed up for a 6,403sq ft store, split across the ground and first floor. It will be the brand’s first store in the North of England.

Women’s fashion retailer &Other Stories will take up a 7,922 sq ft site, set across two floors. It will be the company’s third store in the UK.

American brand Anthropologie will take an 8,697sq ft unit over the ground and first floor, which will be the brand’s flagship in the North of England.

Already signed up to the development is John Lewis, which will have a flagship store, as well as Maje and the White Company.

Plans are also in place to open a casino at the site.

Victoria Gate will include a two-street covered arcade and rooftop area and is due to open next year.