AT THE CORN EXCHANGE
Thursday 4 July is Independence Day and Leeds Corn Exchange is celebrating independent retailers through its own campaign ‘Independents’ Day’.
Boasting 30 unique retailers of fashion, eyewear, music, home and garden, food and further locally sourced goods, the iconic Grade-1listed building positioned at the peak of Kirkgate is a Leeds landmark.
Designed by revered British architect Cuthbert Brodrick, Leeds Corn Exchange opened its doors to corn traders in 1864 and while the high-street has recently suffered tumultuous times, Thursday 4 July offers a chance to shine a light on some of the city’s innovative retail pioneers.
“Our 150-year old venue is brimming with independent retailers and talented entrepreneurs that are reaping the rewards of taking up a physical space in the heart of Leeds,” says Adam Warner, Leeds Corn Exchange centre manager, “we’re building a community of independent-minded retailers, a sea of underdogs that will use digital developments as a string to their bow. Not fighting online shopping but embracing technology to work in an offline experience.” He adds, “Small independent retailers are the lifeblood of our city and as a community we actively support them by keeping Leeds Corn Exchange a beating city platform, embracing change and evolving with it.”