Sunday, September 27, 2015
GRAND CENTRAL BIRMINGHAM
A jewel in the crown
I’m sorry to wax lyrical about Birmingham again folks, but something quite magical happened in the city this week, okay magical is possibly the wrong word in your mind, however, I experienced a remarkable and breath-taking development that conjured up unimaginable feelings of excitement and pride: Birmingham’s £150m Grand Central shopping complex finally opened its doors to the public after 5 years being built. My giddiness certainly isn’t about having more opportunity to engage in retail therapy, we already have enough department stores and outlets for that, it’s more to do with my feeling that Birmingham is finally getting the recognition and reputation it deserves as the UK’s ‘second city’, which is inevitably going to benefit the town’s businesses and its customers.
Grand Central is hugely impressive with its glass atrium roof, and sits just above the newly renovated New Street rail station, a station that used to be very dreary and really let the city down; given I spend part of my week passing through the station for work, I’m delighted that I now have an iconic and imposing structure to relax in whilst I wait for my train. As you can imagine there are food courts galore and on my little tour around the complex I found two places that I’ll definitely be frequenting when I want to grab some healthy fast food: Leon and Joe & the Juice, both of which I had never heard of before. Leon produced a delicious chicken, lemon and olive tagine, whilst Joe & the Juice made me a scrumptious banana and avocado milkshake.
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