The first William Merritt Centre Shopmobility store has opened at The Merrion Centre in Leeds Arena Quarter, enabling customers with limited mobility to visit an array of leisure and commercial facilities within the centre and wider city region.
Working in partnership with Leeds City Council, the William Merritt Centre provides a much-needed service, offering easy access to a fleet of powered scooters and manual wheelchairs through an affordable annual membership package (ad hoc hire packages are also available).
The store officially opened on Friday 17th January with a celebratory event to mark the occasion which was attended by current William Merritt Centre members and partners together with representatives of Leeds City Council and owners of the Merrion Centre, Town Centre Securities PLC (TCS).
Located opposite Citiparks lifts on the ground floor, it will create 2 new employment opportunities who will be on hand to offer advice and support Tuesday to Saturday 10am-3.30pm.
David Blythe, General Manager of The William Merritt Centre, said:
“The William Merritt Centre is proud to provide the Shopmobility Scheme within one of the busiest commercial destinations in Leeds, the Merrion Centre.
This has all been possible due to the close partnership with Leeds City Council, who continue to support the third sector in service delivery across the City. The introduction of the new Shopmobility store will complement the existing services we provide at the William Merritt Centre, which includes offering impartial information and advice on daily living equipment and encompassing all aspects of driving and outdoor mobility for disabled children, adults and the elderly.
We are delighted with the positive feedback we have received from our regular users and look forward to welcoming new customers who will benefit from this life enhancing service.”
Helen Green, Associate Director for TCS, said:
“It’s always great when new partnerships come together and we are delighted to have worked with the William Merritt Centre team and Leeds City Council in bringing this important facility to the Merrion Centre.
The William Merritt Centre are long-established mobility experts in our region and we are confident that this new addition will prove extremely popular and give users the independence to visit our ever-expanding choice of retail and leisure destinations across both the Merrion Centre and the wider Arena Quarter”.
The William Merritt Centre Shopmobility Service officially opened on Friday 17th January. Visit wmdlc.org/shopmobility for further details. Booking in advance is preferable in order to secure your scooter/wheelchair hire for preferred day and time.