No comment over Ridings Shopping Centre deal

The Ridings Shopping Centre
The Ridings Shopping Centre

Plans to move Wakefield Market traders into the Ridings Shopping Centre continue to be delayed.

Stallholders were expected to move to the Ridings over the summer after Wakefield Council agreed to sell the market to the owners of Trinity Walk for a cinema development.

Negotiations have not been resolved and a planning application for the cinema - expected seven months ago - has not been submitted.

Moorfield Group is also reportedly in talks to sell the Ridings to a company called New River Retail.

Industry publication Property Week also claimed there was an earlier deal - which fell through - to sell the Ridings to Orion Capital Partners - which owns Trinity Walk, along with the planned cinema development.

“Moorfield never comments on press speculation,” said a spokesman.

Ridings manager Eileen Holroyd said: “We can confirm that despite delays, we are still involved in discussions about Wakefield Market.

“More details will be shared once negotiations have been completed and decisions made.”