THERE have been more than 70m visitors shopping at the £1bn Liverpool One development since it opened in May, 2008, and it is widely perceived to have played an instrumental role in boosting this city's visitor economy.
Indeed, more than 10.5m have visited the retail and leisure complex so far this year.
It is officially recognised to be Europe's largest urban regeneration project and has come to epitomise the rebirth of Liverpool's increasingly vibrant city centre.
To date, Liverpool One has scooped 60 awards and in May it beat off competition from retail and leisure destinations from around the world to win the International Council of Shopping Centre (ICSC)'s "Best-of-the-Best" award at the ICSC VIVA (Vision, Innovation, Value and Achievement) Awards in Las Vegas. The award honoured the most outstanding examples of retail design and development, sustainability, marketing and community service.
Spanning 42 acres, it features over 160 shops, cafés, restaurants and bars, two hotels and serviced apartments Hilton, Novotel and BridgeStreet Apartments, 600 residential apartments at One Park West, 14-screen Odeon Cinema and new car parks.
Liverpool One also features the five-acre Chavasse Park which has re-established the link between the new city centre and the historic Grade I Listed buildings at Albert Dock.
Chavasse Park is now also home to the John Lennon Peace and Harmony Monument.
Chris Bliss, estate director at Liverpool One, said: "Liverpool One is more than a shopping destination, it is a unique lifestyle experience."
A stylish and vibrant city hub, we offer a variety of free events throughout the year, from The Beach in the summer to a screen on Chavasse Park that is currently offering visitors free big screen entertainment by showing Wimbledon.
"50% of the brands in Liverpool ONE were new to the city and, since we opened, Liverpool has jumped from 15th to 5th in the UK retail rankings.
"We are also committed to ensuring visitors receive a word-class service, a promise we live up to as we have actually recently been crowned the "Best of the Best"."
Liverpool ONE's retail offer features flagship stores for John Lewis and Debenhams, as well as the largest Topshop outside of London.
Other outlets include club stores for both of the city's Premier League teams - Liverpool Football Club and Everton Football Club - alongside designer stores Hobbs, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Ted Baker among others.