There are lots of plans for new shops and boutiques in Birmingham this summer and for the next few years ahead.
Some shopping areas of the city are being transformed beyond recognition with huge new developments and retail parks.
In the city centre, areas are being revitalised and independents are being given their big break in pop-up spaces.
Many retailers like to keep their plans under wraps so here’s what we’ve been able to glean so far.
Some are in early planning stages, others are set to be up and running within weeks.
All sound pretty tempting ...
Love your jeans but not the price tag?
Then you’ll be pleased to know Levi’s is opening its first outlet shop in the West Midlands.
The iconic jeans brand has taken on a 3,522 sq unit at Resorts World Birmingham.
Many of the shops here offer up to 70 per cent off recommended retail prices.
Situated on the resort’s ground floor, next to Skechers, the store will be home to a large selection of Levi’s men’s and womenswear ranges plus an in-store tailoring service offering free alterations.
It’s due to open later this month.
Russell & Bromley
It’s a shop that’s known for luxury British footwear.
Normally you’d have to travel at least 40 miles to reach a Russell & Bromley store.
The closest branches to Birmingham are in Cheltenham, Oxford and Chester.
The flagship store is on New Bond Street in London and there are around 40 shops around the UK so it’s about time we had one in Birmingham.
You’ll be able to buy their signature loafers, boots, pumps and brogues created with “distinctive craftsmanship”.
A huge flagship H&M
The old BHS building in Birmingham has stood empty since August last year when the firm went bust.
Now, big plans have been lodged for a new flagship H&M store to open in its place in New Street.
The retail giant is also hoping to change the entrance by adding a new mirror polished stainless steel canopy to the shop front.
Luxury handbag and shoe brand Coach is set to open a store on the Upper East Mall of Bullring alongside the likes of Michael Kors, Whistles, Ted Baker and Diesel.
Coach, described as an “aspirational fashion brand”, first launched in New York and the Bullring store will be its first standalone store in the region.
The 280sq m space will offer the brand’s full range of bags, footwear, outerwear and accessories.
Andrew Stanleick, president of Coach Europe, said: “We are delighted to be opening our first standalone store in Birmingham. Bullring has a reputation as the region’s premier retail destination and so it is a perfect fit for Coach.”
MiniMini is an independent children’s boutique being opened in Lonsdale Road in Harborne by a couple expecting their first child.
All the clothes reflect the latest trends in European children’s fashion and are handmade and designed by young, independent designers who showcase their work in places like Berlin, Vienna, Copenhagen, Krakow and Stockholm.
Owner Anna Gilbert says: “We are currently expecting our first child and, while looking for children’s clothes, we felt there was a gap in the market for clothes with a little individuality.”
There will be a grand opening party on July 22.
“We would love you and your little monsters come and join in the fun on the opening day,” says Anna.
“There will be treats provided by Harborne’s resident artisan chef Suzanne Russell alongside children’s entertainment.”
This eclectic treasure trove of lighting and furniture is opening soon at the Great Western Arcade.
It will be a good place to go for unusual furniture home and garden accessories.
The Wedding Club
Brides to be in Birmingham can look forward to a new luxury shopping experience in the centre later this year.
The brand was established in 2011 by Birmingham-born directors Clare Thompson and Emma Clarke, who opened their first shop in Birmingham.
They have now become one of the UK’s leading bridal retailers housing some of the most exclusive British and international designers for fashion conscious and stylish brides.
Due to high demands, they will be relocating to the Mailbox from their current Birmingham location on Edgbaston’s Highfield Road.
This new tailors has just opened at the Custard Factory, offering a made-to-measure service to fill the gap between bespoke and ready-to-wear suits.
Customers can book in for a fitting, discuss fabric, buttons, colours and linings to make sure their suit is unique.
A brand new family entertainment centre is being planned for Birmingham.
Resorts World Birmingham is hoping to launch the new concept – in the form of two gaming centres.
It will be the first time some of these games and equipment will be available in the UK.
And, for those who love classic games, there are plans for plenty of those too.
Subject to planning approval, work will begin on Vortex Gaming and Pixel by Vortex in the coming months with a view to both centres opening later in the year.
An independent opticians is opening at the Great Western Arcade in the next couple of months, bringing some of the world's top eyewear brands.
It's moving into unit eight which has been newly refurbished as a retail-space-come-practice.
Matrix Virtual Reality Arcade
Experience virtual reality with friends at this new gaming arcade at the Custard Factory which has just opened.
Keep an eye on them as they're looking to open a VR cinema there soon too.
You'll be able to book in to watch documentaries, kids films or, if you're feeling brave, scary movies too!
Independent Pop-ups in Link Street
Link Street, the link between Bullring and Grand Central, is an area dubbed by Bullring owners as a ‘Birmingham Carnaby Street’.
It underwent a multi-million pound refurbishment last year and opened with a flourish of quirky and cool boutiques.
But four key shops have been closed since January.
Shopping centre owners Hammerson has said it is working with Appear Here and hope to have the kiosk units let by the summer.
Watch this space.
His new venture will be an art gallery, cafe and bakery all rolled into one.
The 2,200 sq ft first floor unit was previously let to Adecco Recruitment consultants and before this was an art gallery and home to the Royal Society of Birmingham Artists.
Volkswagon store Bullring
This is a new concept store for Volkswagon in the Bullring shopping centre.
The car giants are describing it as a “retail experience” where people will be introduced to the latest Volkswagen technologies.
They will also be able to place orders for cars within the shopping centre.
Asset manager London-based Ellandi is working to bring in new tenants in a bid to restore this open air shopping centre.
Centre manager Michele Jones says finer details of the plans will be revealed soon.
“There’s quite a lot in the pipeline,” she said.
“But we cannot say what yet because it’s not fully signed off.
“We should have some more concrete information in a month or so on as to what is likely to be going into the centre.”
Watch this space.
This stylish kitchen and homeware shop is set to open in Edgbaston in autumn 2017.
Established in 1996, first trading from a farm workshop in Wiltshire, the company has grown rapidly since then and is opening its new store next door to OKA in Harborne Road, offering solid timber kitchen designs, furniture collections, lighting and interior decorations.
The store will cover 700 square metres across three floors, with a studio at the rear showcasing the crafted kitchen collections.
Major sports retailer JD Sports is moving into One Stop Shopping Centre this summer.
It will officially open in July, replacing the empty unit where McDonald’s used to be until it closed two years ago.
This will be the sixth JD Sports store in Birmingham, and it will bring new jobs to Perry Barr.
Crockett & Jones
There are six Crockett & Jones handmade shoe shops in London but only one outside the capital. Until now.
The footwear specialist took over the Anatomical Boot Company on Colmore Row in 2006.
It relocated to the Burlington Arcade in January 2015 when renovation work began at The Grand.
Now it is getting ready to return to its original home, opening in unit two of The Grand at the end of June.
But it is keeping its existing store open at the Burlington Arcade too, meaning we will have two Crockett & Jones shops in the city.
DJ Gym has just opened at the Custard Factory and is the place to go to learn how to DJ!
Working in partnership with the London Sound Academy, DJ Gym offers one-to-one music production courses.
A £275m “garden village” is being planned for Birmingham.
One of Birmingham’s most run-down and derelict city centre buildings is set to be replaced with a huge retail and residential development.
Monaco House, in Bristol Street, will make way for the giant new scheme containing shops, restaurants, a gym, a rooftop garden and more than 1,000 apartments and townhouses.
It will be called New Monaco.
Regency Residential is behind the project and is due to submit a formal planning application to Birmingham City Council in the coming weeks with a target completion date of autumn 2021.
OK, so not exactly an imminent opening but we'll certainly be able to see some changes here soon.
The new Primark is earmarked to replace most of the old Pavilions shopping centre and it promises to be epic.
Of course the New Street store will close when this new one opens - likely to be sometime in 2018.
New shops opening further afield
New flagship Next store
One of the biggest Next stores in the UK is set to open in the Midlands.
The new flagship Next store is being planned for intu Merry Hill.
Centre bosses are saying it will be a multi-million pound state-of-the-art store featuring a Lipsy, full homeware offer and coffee shop.
The 75,680 sq ft store will take over the former Sainsbury’s unit at the retail park in Brierley Hill.
It is due to open in Spring 2018.
intu Merry Hill is set to welcome a range of new dining and leisure outlets and will also be fully refurbished under intu’s plans to spend £100 million to further enhance its retail and leisure mix.
Fashion jeweller Lovisa is set to launch at Touchwood Solihull this summer.
Taking inspiration from couture runways and current street style, Lovisa will feature a large selection of fashion-forward designer jewellery and hair accessories.
Touchwood bosses say Lovisa will offer “all the latest looks at ready to wear prices.”
Severn Oaks Sound and Vision
Sevenoaks Sound and Vision opened in Drury Arcade, Mell Square on June 10.
It’s the brand’s first opening in the Midlands and stocks the leading manufacturers in both sound and vision, along with classic hi-fi setups, and the latest wireless audio home streaming systems.
Little Dessert Shop
Little Dessert Shop will be opening it’s box of sweet treats to shoppers at intu Merry Hill later in June.
Launched in 2015 in Wolverhampton, Little Dessert Shop offers sundaes, crepes, cakes and waffles including over 40 flavours of ice cream, gelatos and sorbets.
The store, which will be the seventh franchise in the West Midlands, will create up to 20 local jobs and be located in the centre’s food court – Eat Central.
Out of town shopping developments
A £20 million scheme to reinvent a Worcester shopping and dining destination is set to open this summer.
Transforming the old Cathedral Plaza shopping centre, the development will be renamed as Cathedral Square to reflect the new public square for events and al fresco dining in front Worcester Cathedral.
It will feature big name brands and eateries like Ask Italian, All Bar One, Byron Hamburgers, Cosy Club, Miller and Carter, Yo Sushi!, Kung Fu, Starbucks and Wilko.
The project is a joint venture between Salmon Harvester Opportunity Fund (SHOF), Worcester City Council and Worcestershire County Council.
More than 95 per cent of the units at the 220,000 sq ft redevelopment are already let, including a Fitness4Less gym, and the majority of brands are coming to Worcester for the first time.
There will be a grand opening event on July 29 with live cookery demos from celebrity chef Lesley Waters and cocktail making masterclasses with All Bar One.
Shoppers are starting to get very excited about the new Bicester Village style outlet coming to Cannock.
Planners gave the shopping destination, called Mill Green Designer Outlet Village, the green light in September last year.
It will feature around 130 designer discount shops, restaurants, a visitor centre, a heritage trail and a nature reserve too.
And there have been talks of possibly a cinema too.
It will be a go-to destination for designer brands and sports giants like Nike and Adidas.
The developers are comparing it to Bicester Village, which boasts brands like Alexander McQueen, AllSaints, Superdry, Belstaff and Diesel.
Work is expected to begin this autumn ready for the opening in early 2019.
City Centre South
A multi-million pound plan to create the second largest shopping destination in the Midlands has been revealed.
The proposals include restaurants, a cinema and bowling alley, a hotel and big brand shops to an area the size of ten football pitches.
It’s being compared to Touchwood in Solihull and is set to transform Bull Yard, Shelton Square, City Arcade and Herford Street in Coventry city centre.
Developers hope it will be a good place for people to spend time both during the day and also in the evenings too.
Work on the £300m project, called City Centre South, is due to start in 2020.
It’s hoped that shoppers will be able to enjoy the new shopping and leisure area by 2022.
Mere Green in Sutton Coldfield has been transformed by a £20 million shopping and leisure development.
Mulberry Walk has created a new town centre, delivering 55,361 sq ft of shops and restaurants to one of Birmingham’s most fashionable suburbs.
Marks & Spencer Simply Food, Boots, Card Factory and Specsavers have all opened there as have eateries Bistrot Pierre, Warren’s Bakery, Renato Lounge and Aromatic Coffee.
Some 70 per cent of Mulberry Walk has been let but there are still several units yet to open.
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