John Lewis to open Birmingham store

Published:  21 February, 2011

John Lewis is to take a 250,000-sq ft store in Network Rail's redevelopment of New Street station

The new department store will be located to the south of the station and will be one of John Lewis’s largest department stores outside London. Subject to planning, opening is scheduled for 2014.

John Lewis managing director Andy Street said: “Together with a progressive city council and Network Rail, we are pleased to play our part in the regeneration of Birmingham city centre. This project fulfils John Lewis’s longstanding ambition to bring our unique retail and employment offer to Birmingham. Our presence in Birmingham will also enhance competition, choice and quality for the benefit of regional shoppers.”

And Network Rail chief executive David Higgins said: “Network Rail is helping to rebuild Birmingham by transforming New Street. The project is about much more than simply redeveloping the station.

“Today’s deal is a further sign that our plans are critical to the long term success of the city and will create new jobs and help stimulate economic growth. These exciting changes are happening as a direct result of the investment being made to improve Birmingham’s transport infrastructure.”

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