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Grand Central

The old Pallasades shopping centre has undergone a complete facelift and the new improved precinct Grand Central Birmingham will open on 24 September 2015 and boasts the biggest John Lewis outside London.

The redevelopment enhances Birmingham's retail landscape bringing a mix of unrivalled premium fashion and quality high street brands to the heart of the city.

The centre provides 200,000 sq ft of retail space for over 40 new premium fashion and lifestyle shops and more than 20 new concept cafes and restaurants. The centre will be anchored by the 250,000 sq ft John Lewis department store, also opening in 2015.

Situated above New Street station, Grand Central enjoys unrivalled levels of footfall in one of the best performing trading environments available to retailers today, Network Rail's station retail results consistently outperform the high-street.

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Regenerating your city

The redevelopment of New Street station has transformed the centre of Birmingham and has created conditions for further investment in the surrounding area including the south side. The project will not only create a world class station, but will open up the city, stimulating regeneration and creating new jobs.

Economic benefits

£100m of investment into regenerating your city

Up to 1000 new jobs created for the people of Birmingham

Maximising benefits for local people

Birmingham City Council is working closely with Network Rail and John Lewis to allow local people to benefit from the job opportunities created by the redevelopment.

For further information, please visit or contact Birmingham City Council's Employment Access Team on 0121 464 7731 or email

Working considerately

We know how important it is to reduce the impact of our work during construction. We will keep train services running throughout the work and disruption to a minimum.

Timeline of activity

Spring 2011: Planning application submitted

Spring 2012: Work starts to construct the John Lewis department store

April 2013: First half of the new concourse opened, work starts to redevelop the existing station and develop Grand Central

February 2014: John Lewis takes ownership of new 250,000 sq ft regional flagship shop

September 2015: The project completes. The station fully opens. Grand Central and John Lewis open for business.