The £165m Victoria Gate development.
Nick Hill

International fashion brands join Leeds’ £165m Victoria Gate scheme

International fashion retailers, Cos, &Other Stories, Anthropologie as well as restaurant group, D&D are set to join retail brands, Maje and the White Company at the £165m Victoria Gate development.

This will be the Leeds debut for each of the three fashion retailers.

Cos has signed up to take a 6,403sq ft store, split across the ground and first floor. The retailer has opened stores worldwide in carefully considered locations since its launch in 2007. Cos’ store in Victoria Gate will be the brand’s first standalone store in the North of England.

&Other Stories’ 7,922sq ft store will be its first site in Leeds and only its third in the UK. Also set out across two floors, &Other Stories offers women a collection of shoes, bags, accessories, beauty and ready-to-wear fashion, designed by its creative ateliers in Paris and Stockholm.

American brand Anthropologie will take an 8,697 sq ft unit over the ground and first floor. The fashion retailer provides customers with unique and covetable pieces, and the Victoria Gate store will be the brand’s flagship in the North of England.

Global restaurant group, D&D boasting Michelin stars amongst its 34 strong portfolio, will take a 7,807 sq ft rooftop unit that will include an outside dining terrace. The group has a string of restaurants in the UK including London-based Quaglino’s, Le Pont de la Tour, Bluebird and the recently opened, German Gymnasium in Kings Cross as well as restaurants in New York, Copenhagen and Tokyo.

With a flagship John Lewis store, Victoria Gate includes a two-street covered arcade and rooftop to cater for new retailers and restaurants. The scheme is set to transform the retail and dining offer in Leeds by enticing brands that have never before had a presence outside of London.

Following the launch of Victoria Gate next year, the new 574,745 sq ft Victoria Estate, which encompasses Victoria Quarter, will become the city’s new, premium retail, dining and leisure quarter.

Robin Dobson, director 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.”

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