Multichannel retailer John Lewis has confirmed the opening date for its new Leeds flagship in partnership with Hammerson.

The new £165m Victoria Gate development, with its anchor tenant John Lewis, will open on 20 October 2016 and comprises 575,000sq ft of retail, dining and leisure space.

At present, Hammerson confirmed that 74% of the site has been pre-let, strengthening plans to firmly establish the Victoria Estate as a hub for premium shopping and dining in the North of the UK.

James Prince, head of branch at John Lewis Leeds, said: “I can’t wait for John Lewis Leeds to open its doors for the first time. It’s our most service and experiential led shop to date, as we continue to offer more for customers that can’t be replicated online.

“My new team of Partners are really looking forward to serving the people of Leeds and welcoming everyone on opening day.”

Robin Dobson, director retail development at Hammerson said: “It is great to be able to confirm the official launch date for Victoria Gate as the 20 October.

“Ideally timed for pre-Christmas trade we are delighted to bring this new and iconic retail destination to Leeds and one that is set to be the largest premium retail and leisure destination outside of London.”