As council chiefs prepare a £12m revamp of Europe’s largest indoor market, some traders and supporters are yet to be convinced.
Last week, the £300m Trinity Leeds development opened – the only large-scale shopping mall to open in western Europe this year. And there are ambitious multimillion-pound plans to transform the Eastgate area of the city centre into an aspirational shopping area called Eastgate Quarters, with a John Lewis store at its heart.
But as Leeds flourishes as a haven for high-end shoppers, the city’s historic Kirkgate market remains one of the oldest and most important retail developments for people of all backgrounds.
Built in 1857, the largest indoor market in Europe was developed in response to growing public demand for markets and food halls. It survived a devastating blaze in 1975 that destroyed two-thirds of its buildings, and German bombs during the second world war.
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