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n the past two years, the Corn Exchange has continued to attract a range of creative and innovative outlets including elegant jewellery store Outrage, prom dresses by designer


Dawn Stretton and independent and award-winning boutique The Hidden Wardrobe, while also boasting terrific dining options. This year alone has seen a raft of openings as retailers in the city continue to recognise


the venue’s ideal location. With the recent appointment of centre manager Louise Smith, it is rapidly gaining momentum as a unique shopping destination. “This is a very exciting time for Leeds Corn Exchange,” said Louise. “Where else in the


city can you find award-winning designer clothes, try on a prom dress and have a bite to eat? “It’s fantastic to see local businesses recognising the benefits on offer here, namely the


excellent location and blend of unique retailers.” The venue is steeped in history, priding itself on being one of only three corn exchanges


in the country which still operates as a centre for trade. The Grade I listed building was designed


by Yorkshire-born architect Cuthbert Brodrick, and first opened its doors in 1864. Following the collapse of the corn trading industry, the building started to deteriorate until it underwent refurbishment in 1985, re- opening five-years later as a shopping centre. This overhaul kick-started a jaw-dropping


transformation of the Corn Exchange, including new staircases to ensure that shoppers could gain access to the basement and balcony areas.


Two years ago it was time for a further lease of life, and so began


a £1.5m refurbishment of the building leading up to the launch of the improved Leeds Corn Exchange in November 2008 - marked by the opening of Piazza by Anthony, a stunning new restaurant venture for the celebrated Yorkshire chef Anthony Flynn which occupies the entire ground floor. Piazza consists of a 118-seat restaurant, cafe, private dining rooms


and champagne bar, not to mention a bakery, patisserie, chocolaterie and fromagerie, but it’s far from the only great reason to pay a visit to the city centre destination. Clearly passionate about the venue, Louise Smith believes there


are countless highlights to be found there. “For our


female shoppers looking for something a little bit


different, head to award-winning boutique The Hidden Wardrobe to dig out some retail treasures, or to Dawn Stretton’s store for something special for the evening.


Leeds store now open at The Corn Exchange find us at ‘Russo Italia’ on


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