The Springs goes from strength-to-strength post-pandemic

Mar 4, 2022

The Springs out of town retail and leisure centre in Leeds is shaking off the challenges of the last two years with the announcement of two new retailers and strong performance figures for its existing tenants.

We recently agreed a deal with skin aesthetics specialist Élan Laser Clinics which has chosen The Springs for its first venture in the UK, with clinics already operational in Australia.  The flagship clinic will offer personalised beauty care using advanced device treatment including laser hair removal, tattoo removal, fat freezing, injectables, Radio Frequency Microneedline, HydraFacial and LED light therapy. With five treatment rooms, the clinic will also include a specialist training facility for UK employees. Elan plans to open 10 clinics in the UK over the next 12 months with premises already targeted in Cheshire, Liverpool and London.

 Anna McCartney, Group CEO for Élan Laser Clinics, said:

 “We are excited to bring the Élan Laser Clinics experience to the UK.  We aim to be the first-choice beauty destination dedicated to delivering a premium personalised experience and The Springs provides the perfect environment for our flagship location for treatments and training.

“The highly modern architectural design and spacious units are very fitting to our brand and the location is great for access.  We like that The Springs is also safe and secure with discreet access for our clients.”

We also recently agreed a letting to home fragrance store, Betty Loves Candles within the pod units in the centre of The Springs. The independent retailer, which stocks a range of quality candles, diffusers and gifts, is branching out from its existing premises at Trinity Walk in Wakefield.

The smaller format pod units, which range from 1,000 – 2,261 sq ft, have proved popular with retailers due to their ‘white box’ specification which allows tenants to personalise their space quickly and cost effectively. With two further units currently under offer and one in advanced discussions there is just one pod unit remaining.

The Springs is a 350,000 sq ft shopping and leisure attraction located at the heart of our award-winning business destination, Thorpe Park Leeds at Junction 46 of the M1. Outlets include the UK’s first purpose designed ODEON Luxe cinema, Next, Boots, M&S, TK Maxx, The Range, H&M, Pure Gym, Nandos, Gino D’Acampo’s My Restaurant and many more.

Despite the challenges of Covid over the last two years, The Springs has remained one of Leeds’ most popular out of town destinations.  Footfall has remained consistent and retailer performance figures show as much as 25% increase in trading from pre-pandemic trading in 2019. For the twelve months from September 2020 to September 2021 the total number of consumer visits topped 1.4 million with an average daily vehicle recording of more than 4,000.

Adam Varley, Director at Scarborough Group International, said:

“In stark contrast the high street or other covered shopping centres, The Springs has performed exceptionally well throughout the pandemic, thanks to its accessibility, ample free parking and wide open spaces, all of which makes for a pleasant shopping experience.

“Its unique location in the centre of a well-established business park gives it an added edge over other competing out of town retail destinations and is one of the reasons why national and independent retailers are keen to use it as a test bed for new concept stores or flagship premises, as is the case with Élan, Vitruvian Dental Studio and The Range.”

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