A Year In Review - Some Of The 2017 Highlights In A Changing City


Derby’s historic Cathedral Quarter has led the way in a strong year for the retail and leisure sector as Derby offers more variety than ever.

Following the announcement that the Cathedral Quarter had won the GB High Street Awards City Location of the Year Award, many new arrivals have landed in the area. Brands such as Bar Soba, Joules, Jack Wills, Dr Martens have been accompanied by independent operators such as Dandy Gent, Bunk, Everyman, and Terroir Bistro, whilst the Quarter secured Business Improvement District (BID) re-election.

The city’s Intu shopping centre has also had a hugely significant year with new leisure facilities from Paradise Island golf, Hollywood Bowl, Five Guys and Timberland opening. Attracting 23 million visitors a year, the centre is one of Intu’s best-performing assets.

In the St Peter’s Quarter, a newly reformed BID has seen lower vacancy rates and looks forward to a new TK Maxx outlet whilst the monthly independent street food event, Bustler Market, continues to bring vibrancy back to the River Gardens.