International bakery and restaurant group, Le Pain Quotidien, is to open a venue at developer Hammerson's £165m Victoria Gate development in Leeds.
It will be the group's first site in a major regional city and its first in the north of England.
Le Pain Quotidien is set to open a 150-cover, 487 m sq unit split over two floors that will be located at the entrance to the Victoria Gate arcades.
The new restaurant will be one of its largest outside of London.
Anchored by a flagship John Lewis, the new 53,400 m sq Victoria Estate that encompasses both the adjacent Victoria Quarter and Victoria Gate, will bring to Leeds a mix of restaurants and retail brands including fine dining international restaurant group, D&D as well as Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Gant, Hackett, Anthropologie, Cos and & Other Stories.
Robin Dobson, director retail development at Hammerson, said: "Le Pain Quotidien is a fantastic brand to welcome to Victoria Gate and to Leeds. Like many of the brands already signed up to launch in the city, Le Pain Quotidien deciding to debut at Victoria Gate reinforces the appeal of the scheme as the North's new leading luxury retail, leisure and dining destination when it opens later this year."
Peter Jenkins, managing director at Le Pain Quotidien, added: "We are very excited to be opening the first Le Pain Quotidien in the north of the UK. Leeds was an obvious choice as we continue with our UK expansion due to its wide regional and national appeal. The city continues to expand, both in its reputation as well as its food offering, and we can't wait to share our seasonal, fresh and organic food with the local Leeds community and beyond."
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