A great post-pandemic high street story for Leeds city centre – nationwide salon group Saks opened a spacious new hair and beauty salon at 109 Vicar Lane in July 2021. Salon owner Natalie Jenkins previously owned Millie’s Beauty at the same place and chose to convert her salon to Saks to make it a go-to place for beauty and hair – Saks in the City of Leeds! This being the brand’s second salon to open in the past year as Saks Hair Newark launched in July 2020.
Saks Leeds City is in a great location, minutes from the Victoria Quarter. After 47 years of Saks, the salon epitomises the brand’s ethos, look and feel in 2021with expertly trained hair and beauty teams in a boutique-vibe salon with Saks’ latest interiors and personalised finishing touches. The hair team also trained with Saks’ creative director Luke Pluckrose and Saks Artists pre-opening.
Natalie says: “Lockdowns gave me time to think about what I want to give my customers – they’ve mentioned it lots over the years. A huge step to take. And where to start. I’d seen a post on by Saks social media asking owners to get in touch if they were feeling the pain and wanted to explore a new direction. I was curious so I reached out and it’s been an exciting whirlwind ever since. We have strong hair and beauty teams – the training is excellent – and I’ve created new jobs in Leeds at a difficult time. I’m very proud – and our customers are loving the new experience!”
Saks has a national charity partnership with The Eve Appeal, raising funds for gynaecological cancers, with £180k raised at time of print. The Saks Leeds City team is keen to get involved – kickstarting with a Make Time for Tea event in salon to mark Gynaecological Cancer Awareness Month in September.
Jezz Ellis, Senior Operations Manager at Saks HQ, says: “It started with a shared vision about the way we approach business, so it’s been a truly collaborative process. Respecting that Millie’s was already a successful well-established business with excellent management, the aim has been to build on this foundation with the knowledge and resources that Saks can offer. Natalie and her team have embraced the plans and it’s been heart-warming to see how our existing franchisees have welcomed them to our close-knit network.”
Saks Hair & Beauty Leeds City at 109 Vicar Lane, Leeds LS1 6PJ.
SAKS ALSO AT DAVID LLOYD MOORTOWN IN LEEDS
Now part of the close-knit Saks family, Natalie is over the moon to represent Saks in Leeds alongside the long-established Saks Hair & Beauty salon in the David Lloyd Club at Tongue Lane, Moortown.
Salon owner Natalie is available for interview and if you’re ever in Leeds we’d love to invite you in for complementary hair or beauty, any time!