They may be celebrating the opening of the Trinity shopping centre in Leeds on Thursday. But similar shopping centre schemes in Sheffield and Bradford remain on hold. A few views here from the folk of Bradford.
Many of the region's shops and their tens of thousands of staff face a make or break week in the countdown to Christmas.
For our local high streets, struggling after a double dip recesssion, the next eight days could be crucial with some experts warning it could be a battle for survival for some retailers.
The developers behind a large shopping development in Bradford say they are committed to finishing the project.
Protesters have moved in to the site in the city centre, angry that building work has not been taking place and the Westfield project was mothballed in 2009.
Westfield Shoppingtowns Limited have written an open letter to the protesters, saying the development has fallen foul of the financial crisis, but they remain committed to Bradford.
Plans for a multi million pound shopping centre in Lincoln go before the council's planning committee today. If approved, the Lindongate scheme could create more than 2,000 jobs. Proposals include a new bus station, transport interchange and department store as well as new shops and restaurants.