by Dave Massey @brumhour
I’m hugely excited by the arrival of the new Birmingham New Street Station this September, I’m also really looking forward the arrival of Grand Central Birmingham. There are plenty of stores and restaurants arriving in Birmingham for the very first time.
While the huge John Lewis will prove a huge draw for people coming into Grand Central, there are over 60 shops shops, restaurants and cafes opening! Over half of these are new stand alone stores or expanding from concessions! The shops include:
and food from:
Keith Stone, Grand Central leasing director said: “The desire from these premium retailers and eateries to invest in the city shows that Birmingham is now a national retail destination. Being situated above New Street Station will make Grand Central the ideal location for leading brands and extremely convenient for people, offering a unique shopping and station experience.
“The retail industry is very quickly seeing the value of transport hubs becoming shopping destinations and Grand Central is expecting to attract around 50 million shoppers and commuters a year, both locally and from across the country.”
Grand Central will form the final piece in the city’s shopping offering as the £35m investment from John Lewis will make Birmingham the only city outside the capital to offer all five of the UK’s major department stores: Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Debenhams, House of Fraser and John Lewis – all within a short walking distance of each other.
“Birmingham has a very impressive retail and leisure sector. Grand Central is not trying to compete; it’s about complementing the existing retail landscape as well as the upcoming developments which the city can expect to see this year.
“Previously overshadowed by other cities, Birmingham is finally getting the recognition that it deserves for its retail offering and unique shopper experience, and it’s great to see Grand Central playing a major role in this,” Stone concludes.
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