Intu's Trafford Centre in Manchester. Photo by INTU

‘King of shopping centres’ battles to save Intu

In his office in the dome at the top of the Trafford Centre, near Manchester, John Whittaker keeps a map of northwest England. The swathes of land owned by his Peel Group empire are marked out in pink. Whittaker, 77, battled for the best part of a decade to get his hands on the 6,000 acres of canal-side land that made him a billionaire. Now he has another titanic struggle on his hands — saving the property giant that owns the Trafford Centre. By selling the centre in 2011 to…

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