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