John Lewis eyes Leeds

John Lewis has announced plans to open a shop in Leeds, as part of a new retail development due to open in 2016.

John Lewis eyes Leeds

The department store group will anchor Eastgate Quarters, a 1 million sq ft development of high-end shops and restaurants north-east of Leeds city centre.

John Lewis property director Jeremy Collins said: “We firmly believe the development will successfully regenerate the area and lift the city to a new level in the hierarchy of UK shopping destinations.”

The £600 million Hammerson-owned scheme includes major changes such as a new civic square and the pedestrianisation of all the streets within Eastgate Quarters. The project also includes the restoration of historic buildings, a two-level shopping arcade, refurbished offices and the largest shopper car park in the city with around 2,500 spaces.

John Lewis’ sister grocery chain Waitrose already has two branches in Leeds: a Food & Home at Meanwood and a convenience shop at city centre development The Core.

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