Published On: Sat, Mar 1st, 2014 on 12:23 pm

Yorkshire sushi art marks opening of Japanese food giant in Leeds

Wasabi Leeds

The Yorkshire emblem made from sushi and beans

Having invested more than £1 million to expand outside of London for the first time, Japanese food specialist Wasabi has opened the doors of two new Leeds branches.

To mark its opening, staff created Yorkshire’s emblem of the giant white rose, made up of more than 2,500 individual pieces of sushi and 600 edamame beans, immature green soybeans from the pod.

Its opening day on 19 February saw more than 100 people queuing outside its new branches in Trinity Leeds to be in for a chance of winning free sushi for a year.

Commenting on the opening, founder of Wasabi, Dong Hyun Kim, said: “We’re delighted to have opened in Leeds.

“We choose our locations very carefully and Leeds, as a leading retail centre with a vibrant business community and huge student population, is a major draw.”

The food specialist has created more than 50 new jobs in the city and has served more than 8,000 hungry Leeds shoppers ever since it launched in West Yorkshire.

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Hasan Faridi

- Hasan is the founder and editor-in chief of the Yorkshire Standard. A BA Hons graduate from the University of Huddersfield, he has over four years of experience in newspapers, magazines and radio.

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