Work is set to resume on the one million sq ft Trinity Leeds shopping centre after it was mothballed due to the recession hitting property developments.
An announcement is expected on the resumption of work at the site, which is due for completion by October 2012, after the developers signed up fashion chain Next as a key tenant.
Property group Land Securities said Next will open a 51,000 sq ft store with 120 shops on a site between Briggate, Commercial Street, Albion Street and Boar Lane. The new site for Next, currently on Albion Street, will be its seventh largest store in the UK.
Other retailers set to open in the £650 million development include Boots, Top Shop, H&M, Bhs and the first Everyman Cinema planned in the North of England. Land Securities is developing the site alongside Yorkshire group Caddick Developments.
Land Securities’s retail leasing director John Grimes said the company is moving towards its pre-letting threshold and is pleased with interest of retailers from the UK and abroad.