Grand Central confirms opening date
The opening will coincide with the completion of the revamped Birmingham New Street station. To include one of the biggest John Lewis department stores in the UK, the centre is expected to attract over 50 million visitors per year and will employ over 1,000 people.
Richard Brown, Grand Central development director, said: “After years of hard work and collaboration with Birmingham City Council and other key partners, it’s a pleasure to be able to announce the official opening date of Grand Central which has been eagerly awaited by people far and wide.
“We are making great progress with the development as we are entering into the final stages before nearing completion. There is still a lot to do, but we are right on schedule with a real buzz on site as we are seeing the centre being brought to life.”
The 250,000 square foot John Lewis store will stretch across four floors and offer more than 350,000 products including fashion, furniture, homewares, beauty and technology.
Lisa Williams, head of branch at John Lewis Birmingham, said: “The look and feel of Grand Central will create an exciting and vibrant environment for shoppers and commuters with a stunning atrium interior that will see the shops and restaurants surrounding the magnificent New Street station concourse.
“Interactive internal displays will allow visitors to explore not just the centre but also other attractions in the city; and the customer service will be second to none with all staff having undergone a world-leading customer service programme.”
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