Independent toy shop opens in Crossgates Shopping Centre

28th August 2019

An independent toy shop has opened in East Leeds’ longest standing shopping centre.

Crossgates Shopping Centre has welcomed the arrival of Jack and Jill, which offers great value everyday kids clothing, special occasion clothing, shoes and unique toys. 

The new store, located next to Greggs, is the latest independent shop to be owned by well-known local trader Jeff Beresford who set up his first retail venture, For Giving, in the centre two years ago.

Jeff says he is incredibly grateful to have been able to open his second retail unit in the centre after initially starting out his business in craft fairs and markets.

He said: “I’ve worked in retail for over 50 years and I saw a gap in the market for quality occasion wear accessories, children’s toys and collectors’ items such as teddy bears and trinkets.

“For Giving offered something unique to the Crossgate shopper and I noticed a huge demand for the children’s wear and toys.

“Jack and Jill offers every day items, as well as something a little bit more special, all served with a local smile.

“There’s no denying it is an incredibly challenging time for the high street, so to be in a position to open a second store has brought a great a sense of achievement and something we are all extremely proud of as a family.

“The team and I are looking forward to welcoming faces old and new to the store and would encourage everyone to come and have a look what we have to offer.”

Crossgates Shopping Centre is currently trying to expand its independent retail mix and centre manager Matthew Middleton says Jack and Jill is a welcome addition to the Crossgates family.

He said: “Small independent retailers are a great to our shopping centre as they bring quality, unique products and passionate customer service to go with it. The new Jack and Jill store looks fantastic and I wish Jeff and the team the best of luck.

“We are currently on the lookout for an independent meat and/or fish trader to join our tenant mix to compliment the fantastic fresh vegetable offer we have. I would urge anyone who is operating locally, perhaps from a market stall and looking for a more permanent home, to get in touch.”

For more information about Jack and Jill or For Giving opening times and contact details visit

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