Monaghans Project Managers are delighted to have delivered the magnificent John Lewis Birmingham department store that will serve as the anchor tenant of the new Grand Central retail development above Birmingham New Street rail station.
With approximately 50 million shoppers expected to visit the centre each year and an estimated 170,000 rail travellers set to pass through Birmingham New Street station every day, Grand Central provides an ideal location for John Lewis to bring its much-loved retail brand to Birmingham.
At over 250,000 sq ft the new regional flagship is the retailer's largest new shop in four years and has created 650 new jobs across Birmingham and the wider region; signalling the business' commitment to the British High Street and the importance of investing in physical shops as part of its growth strategy. Despite its significant size, the innovative and dedicated efforts of the project team actually allowed John Lewis Birmingham to be delivered on a much leaner construction programme than most other recent department store projects.
The new Birmingham shop is not only the biggest John Lewis department store outside London but also the retailer's most advanced shop to date, having been chosen to debut several brand new services and concepts, including fashion and lifestyle concept ‘loved&found’ and the first John Lewis-branded spa ‘&Beauty’. Monaghans are proud to continue to deliver new concepts for John Lewis as part of their ambition to expand the services and experiences within their shops and their commitment to investing in shops as part of an omnichannel approach.
John Lewis Managing Director Andy Street, described the new shop and its four floors of inspiring fashion, home and technology as “a bold expression of the very best of John Lewis in 2015” whilst Head of Branch Lisa Williams, added that she and her team were looking forward to “welcoming customers to what is a unique retail space”.
Monaghans have delivered approximately 630,000 ft² of new retail space for John Lewis over the last 4 years, including the multi award winning John Lewis York, and we are proud to support John Lewis’ position as one of Britain’s best loved retailers. If you would like to find out more about what Monaghans could deliver for you, please do get in touch and we would be happy to meet you to discuss your requirements.