Piece Hall in Hal­i­fax is nearly full as re­tail­ers, bars and food out­lets all take space in the Grade I listed build­ing.

Listed build­ing has in­de­pen­dent va­ri­ety

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Tourist at­trac­tion The Piece Hall in Hal­i­fax is down to its last four re­tail units with strong in­ter­est see­ing 14 new busi­nesses set up at the Grade I listed build­ing last year.

The for­mer cloth hall re­opened in Au­gust 2017 as a cul­tural quar­ter fol­low­ing an ex­ten­sive restora­tion of the build­ing.

The Ge­or­gian build­ing is home to an eclec­tic range of in­de­pen­dent shops, bars and a new 120-seater restau­rant and bak­ery Trad­ing Rooms.

Trad­ing Rooms is run by The Piece Hall Trust, a char­ity set up to op­er­ate the his­toric build­ing.

Nicky Chance-Thompson, chief ex­ec­u­tive for The Piece Hall Trust, said: “Since re-open­ing in Au­gust 2017, it is won­der­ful to be in the po­si­tion where we are al­most at ca­pac­ity.

“The Trust have al­ways felt strongly that we needed to take time to cu­rate a re­tail and leisure mix which best aligned to the Piece Hall vi­sion and one that vis­i­tors can ap­pre­ci­ate in terms of the qual­ity and di­ver­sity on of­fer.

“As such, we take a lot of care to en­sure that busi­nesses are the right fit for The Piece Hall and will work well within our ex­ist­ing ten­ant com­mu­nity.”

The Piece Hall is look­ing to es­tab­lish it­self as a go-to place for in­de­pen­dent re­tail. It’s 66,000 sq ft open air pi­azza is en­closed by a mix of a re­tail and leisure of­fer­ing.

Nick Tay­lor, com­mer­cial lead for The Piece Hall Trust, said: “The busi­nesses that lo­cate them-

selves here do it be­cause they will be sur­rounded by other like-minded, sup­port­ive in­di­vid­u­als who are keen to be part of a suc­cess­ful new era for The Piece Hall.

“As a char­i­ta­ble Trust we work closely with each prospec­tive ten­ant, at the busi­ness plan­ning stage, to help them in the set-up phase, so that to­gether we can build a thriv­ing com­mu­nity of pas­sion­ate, and dis­tinc­tive re­tail­ers of­fer­ing vis­i­tors to The Piece Hall a unique shop­ping, leisure and cul­tural ex­pe­ri­ence.”

Four new traders only re­cently signed their leases, in­clud­ing two new places to eat and drink, a pho­to­graphic stu­dio and a gift shop of­fer­ing cu­rated gift boxes.

South Wall Pho­tog­ra­phy chose The Piece Hall for its lo­ca­tion with owner Sara Brough say­ing that it is an up and com­ing des­ti­na­tion.

Ms Brough’s new 294 sq ft stu­dio, on the Colon­nade level, of­fers themed shoots with a num­ber of props and back­grounds as well as dig­i­tal en­hance­ments.

Adri­enne Sandy, owner of ve­gan and eco-con­scious store Leaf, said: “I love the his­tory of the build­ing and since the sym­pa­thetic restora­tion I think it is even bet­ter.

“I en­joy the feel­ing of com­mu­nity amongst the peo­ple that work here and I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to be­ing part of that.”

Ms Chance-Thompson said: “The Piece Hall is fast be­com­ing a ‘must visit’ des­ti­na­tion and has re­cently been re­ferred to as an in­de­pen­dent shop­ping and leisure Mecca. Each one of our in­de­pen­dent shops, restau­rants, cafes and bars have helped to build and ce­ment this rep­u­ta­tion.

“One of our pri­mary ob­jec­tives is to of­fer shop­pers and vis­i­tors some­thing dif­fer­ent that ad­di­tion­ally com­pli­ments the rich her­itage of the build­ing.

“The Piece Hall has al­ways in­no­vated and we feel that this is re­flected in our ten­ant mix which will change and evolve over time. We see the ev­i­dence of our col­lec­tive suc­cess ev­ery day with visi­tor num­bers at The Piece Hall far ex­ceed­ing ex­pec­ta­tions – it re­ally has put the town and re­gion on the map.”

I en­joy the feel­ing of com­mu­nity amongst the peo­ple that work here

PIC: SI­MON HULME

TRUST BOSS: Nicky ChanceThomp­son, chief ex­ec­u­tive for The Piece Hall Trust.

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