A shop that sells vintage clothes by the kilo opens its first store in Leeds

Shop Kilo, which launched its buy-by-weight events 14 years ago and attracts crowds of up to 1,500 people a day, will open its flagship store at Merrion Centre.

Everything in the Merrion Center pop-up store will be sustainably sourced, with the new location giving Shop Kilo the opportunity to tap into Leeds’ student population with ever-expanding student accommodation directly on their doorstep.

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Judy Berger, a fashion designer and former Selfridges personal shopper who founded the company in 2008, said she’s seen a massive influx of new customers who want to buy affordable and sustainable vintage clothing.

Shop Kilo opens its first store in Merrion Center Leeds.

“We were born and bred in Leeds and we knew that to put down roots we had to put our flagship in our hometown,” she said. “Merrion Center staff share our vision for sustainable retail and we both work together to create a shopping environment that doesn’t harm the planet. Circular retail is the future of shopping and Shop Kilo is perfect for guilt-free shopping.”

Esme Briggs, Certified Asset Manager for Town Center Securities (TCS), owner of the Merrion Centre, said: “As more and more consumers have become ‘greener’ in their shopping choices, and the launch of Shop Kilo is therefore perfectly suitable. The brand will benefit enormously from the massive influx of student accommodation around the centre; a demographic that is constantly looking for more eco-friendly stores that offer affordable products.

“Shop Kilo is set to join a host of Merrion Center stores that are passionate about reducing waste, recycling and reusing items to support more sustainable living, including a host of pre- loved ones such as the British Heart Foundation, Leeds Hospitals Charity shop and Saint Gemma. Other retailers, including Natural Born Cobblers, Watch Hospital, and many of our Tech Operators, all support the repair of popular items to reduce landfill.

Shop Kilo is looking for people of all ages and sizes to come and audition to become one of its “live showcase models”. The chosen winners will become “living models” in the new store.

Auditions will be held in the main Merrion Center shopping mall on Friday, March 4 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. To register your interest, please visit Shop Kilo’s social media channels.

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