Shops ready at Trinity Walk

Trinity Walk development 1 week before opening 28/04/2011
Trinity Walk development 1 week before opening 28/04/2011

THE £210m Trinity Walk shopping centre finally opens on Friday.

Nearly 30 shops are set to open on its long-awaited launch day, with others due to follow.

The Mayor of Wakefield, Coun Tony Wallis will cut the ribbon at 9am, when Sainsbury’s opens.

Debenhams will be next to open at 10am, before the official launch ceremony at noon in Grammar Square.

New Look, Peacocks, Republic, Burton, Dorothy Perkins, Topshop, Topman, Orange, Fragrance Shop, Menkind, Deichmann, Bank, JD Sports, Game, Pulp, The Carphone Warehouse, The Body Shop, Bijou Brigitte, Greggs, Brookfield, H&M, Next, Costa Coffee, Room: 97 and The Entertainer will also all be open for the first day of trading.

During the afternoon Yorkshire dance group Manasamitra will give a special performance, and Ruby Rhubarb will make a guest appearance.

Trinity Walk bosses say shoppers can look forward to a month of live shows and activities following the launch.

Centre manager Susan Mendoza said: “The team has been working hard to put together a very special opening for Wakefield shoppers and we are sure that they will love every minute of it.”

The new centre will offer 24-hour parking for almost 1,000 vehicles.

Daytime charges start at 70p for one hour, increasing with the length of stay up to £12 for 12 hours. But people will be able to park overnight between 6pm and 6am for just 50p.

And Sainsbury’s shoppers will have their parking tickets validated for free for two hours if they spend £10 or more.

The centre’s future was hanging in the balance during a three-month spell in 2009, when a cash crisis threatened the project.

In March 2009, the Anglo Irish Bank pulled the plug on financing it, but in December 2009 a consortium of developers, Sovereign Land, AREA Property Partners and Shepherd Construction, bought it back from administrators KPMG.