Grand Central opens doors for business
Published: 23 September, 2015
Grand Central Birmingham opened its doors to the public for the first time today, welcoming thousands into the UK’s newest shopping and dining destination.
Following a five-year, £150m transformation, Grand Central sits proudly above the £600m New Street Station and boasts 66 new shops and restaurants with well over half of them never before seen in the city.
Half of the centre’s floor space is dedicated to one of the biggest John Lewis stores in the UK. At 250,000 sq ft spread over four floors, it comes complete with a spa, its own restaurant and enough stock to fill Birmingham’s Genting Arena twice. Other retailers include The White Company, Hobbs, Joules, Foyles, Cath Kidston, Neal’s Yard, and Tiger. And the new swathe of upmarket dining outlets includes Tapas Revolution, Pho, Crepe Affaire, Frizzenti and Square Pie.
Jonathan Cheetham, centre manager for Grand Central, said: “This has been brought to life through a culmination of a dedicated, committed group from across the city. It's a proud day for Birmingham and demonstrates our continued retail power to bring these high quality shops and restaurants to the Birmingham consumer, marking another chapter in the on-going renaissance of our great city.”
Grand Central is the product of a number of major stakeholder partners including Birmingham City Council, Network Rail, Mace, DTZ, and John Lewis Partnership. The centre, with its high-gloss mirrored exterior snaking its way from Southside to Stephenson Street, is expecting to attract more than 50 million visitors a year.