Eventhough traders were kicked out the Corn Exchange in Leeds in January 08 there is still no sign of new tenants. This is rather strange given the urgency with which Zurich and their asset management company Threatneedle wanted to get rid of the old tenants.
Recently, however, it has been revealed that Anthony's (allegedly Yorkshire's most celebrated chef...) is taking over the whole ground floor now re-named as "piazza" to open a restaurant, shops and also an exclusive private lounge.
Richard Saul, Asset Manager at Threadneedle Investments that manages the property for leaseholder Zurich Assurance has apparently said:
"We are delighted to have secured The Piazza by Anthony as the anchor tenant at Leeds Corn Exchange. We have always set out to revitalise Leeds most treasured building with a unique new retail offer that can be sustained in the long term. This agreement with Anthony’s not only supports that but also delivers against our commitment to secure successful local and national operators with individuality and flair"
So, no surprises here and as expected the Corn Exchange is set to become yet another comercial, upmarket space in the centre of Leeds.