John Lewis to open in Birmingham

By on 21/02/2011 in News

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John Lewis, Network Rail and Birmingham City Council today confirmed agreement for a full-line John Lewis department store to be located adjacent to New Street station in Birmingham city centre.

The £100 million development project will see the new John Lewis shop constructed on the south side of a redeveloped New Street station, creating 900 new jobs for the wider economy, including 650 jobs at the department store. The project will also include the upgrade of the Pallasades Shopping Centre.

The investment is a major boost for Birmingham and demonstrates the impact of the Birmingham Gateway project which will redevelop New Street station and Birmingham City Council's Big City Plan in providing the framework for major investment decisions. The Gateway project including the John Lewis department store, will create new jobs, stimulate regeneration and confirm Birmingham City Centre as one of the leading retail destinations in the UK, generating millions of pounds worth of extra spend in Birmingham each year.

The 250,000 sq ft John Lewis shop, scheduled to open in 2014, will be one of the largest John Lewis department stores outside London. Featuring more than 350,000 products including fashion, furniture, homewares, beauty and the latest technology, the new shop will greatly improve the quality and breadth of Birmingham's retail offer.

Mike Whitby, Leader of Birmingham City Council said: “I am delighted that John Lewis will be joining the Birmingham retail family. We have been working to secure their presence in the city for over two years now, and to see the fruits of our negotiation borne out today is phenomenal. Not only will their presence bring 900 new jobs, and create an extra £100m of investment, it will enhance what is already a spectacular new development of New Street station - and enhance our reputation as a city to do business in.”

Andy Street, Managing Director, John Lewis said: “Together with a progressive city council and Network Rail, we are pleased to play our part in the regeneration of Birmingham city centre. We will deliver a landmark, long-term investment and quality job creation. 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.”

David Higgins, Chief Executive Officer, Network Rail: “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.”

The development of the south side of the New Street Gateway is also a key element of Birmingham's Big City Plan, as it will for the first time open up access and economic growth to a large area to the south of the station, where new quarters of the city centre will now be developed.

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  1. David says:

    YES!!! This is the news I’ve been waiting years for! Well done to Birmingham City Council and to Andy Street and all at the John Lewis Partnership. Birmingham – why bother with going to London or even S*l*h*ll!!!

    Can’t wait for it to open, I’ll be first through the doors!!!

  2. Paul Lamb says:

    Well done the planners and Birmingham City Council!!
    This means you can get out of a train, shop in John Lewis, walk across the Bullring Link to Debenhams, stroll through the Bull Ring, check out Selfridges and get back to your train without actually venturing into the city centre. This is probably just as well because we’ll be too embarassed for any visitors to see the state of the real city centre.
    Over the last 20 years I was informed by those that know better, the city centre needed to be expanded, it needed to grow outside of the boundaries set by the bad design of the sixties. Amazingly you’ve managed to condense it!! Now just remind me, why did the old Bull Ring shopping centre fail?