We always like a new store opening – and there are plenty of new developments planned for 2018 in and around Birmingham.
An epic new Primark is coming together with a giant flagship Next too.
Birmingham’s first zero waste supermarket is set to open and there are some large-scale shopping and leisure complexes planned too.
Here’s what we’re looking forward to in 2018.
An epic new Primark
An enormous new Primark is moving into the city in 2018.
The site was first fully enclosed in scaffolding and safety sheeting in March this year as work began to completely transform the interior.
It will be renamed Primark Pavilions following a deal thought to be worth £60 million, everyone is waiting with baited breath to see just what the new Primark megastore will look like.
A brighter pedestrian route from Moor Street Railway Station to High Street forms part of the regeneration work.
While the existing New Street store in Birmingham will close, the number of people employed by Primark in the heart of the city is forecast to rise from about 460 to 800.
It’s due to open in December 2018 ready for next Christmas.
Grand scale Longbridge development
A nine-screen cinema, gym and restaurants are coming in a new leisure complex in Birmingham.
Cinema chain The Light, which runs seven UK venues including one in Walsall, is lined up for the development opposite the Midlands’ biggest Marks & Spencer in Longbridge.
Budget fitness group The Gym and family restaurant chains are also planning to move in for the next phase of the £1 billion regeneration of Longbridge town centre.
The Light cinema will have a bar, serving drinks including a selection of hand-mixed cocktails, and show blockbusters, independent and Bollywood films plus the best live opera, ballet, theatre and pop concerts.
Plans for the two-storey Longbridge complex include the cinema, gym and six as yet unnamed restaurants.
This is the third phase of the major regeneration of 468 acres of land in Longbridge following the collapse of MG Rover in 2005.
Previous phases included a new Bournville College, Sainsbury’s, housing estates, Longbridge Technology Park, Premier Inn hotel and the M&S which will be directly opposite the new cinema.
Flagship Next at intu Merry Hill
The Brierley Hill shopping centre is undergoing a massive £110 million expansion and renovation programme, bringing in new shops and plans for a giant restaurant quarter and leisure complex featuring a new cinema.
A flagship Next store store, one of the biggest in the UK, is due to launch on the site in the spring of 2018.
The new Next store is set to take over the former Sainsbury’s unit
It will be a whopping 75,680 sq ft and will have its own coffee shop as part of a multimillion-pound investment by the brand.
Zero waste supermarket
A packaging-free supermarket is set to open in Birmingham.
Local scientist Tom Pell has come up with a way of preventing shoppers from throwing away masses of unnecessary plastic wrappers, bottles and tubs.
Instead of adding to landfill, people will be able to do their bit for the planet when The Clean Kilo opens in Digbeth early in 2018.
At the store, customers can bring their own containers and fill them with everything from pasta, rice and flour to milk, toiletries and cleaning products.
All the products will be stored in gravity wall-mounted dispensers so that people can dispense as much or as little as they need.
There will also be a deli selling a selection of cheeses together with a coffee grinder and a peanut butter grinder too.
Large Poundland in Mell Square
A large Poundland is coming to Mell Square in Solihull in 2018.
The 18,000 sq ft unit will be moving into Poplar Way.
This is a return for the brand, that used to be in Mell Square but moved out a while ago.
Plus, new bar and restaurant, Esabella’s Social Eating House is set to open in the new year in Warwick Road.
Expect high end food in a new dining and bar experience featuring luxury champagne and cocktails.
The old BHS building in New Street has stood empty since August 2016 when the firm went bust.
Now it looks like retail giant H&M is going to transform it into a trendy new store featuring a new mirror polished stainless steel canopy to the shop front.
The two storey store is set to stretch a long way back, covering all of units six to nine which run alongside the arcade.
H&M is known for its on-trend, reasonably-priced women’s, men’s and children’s clothing, footwear, accessories and homeware too.
There’s no confirmed launch date yet for H&M.
And still to come ...
Bicester-style outlet village in Cannock
Work is about to begin on the Bicester-style outlet village coming to Cannock.
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.
McArthurGlen, Europe’s leading owner of designer outlets, has announced it is part of the £160 million joint venture, together with U+I, Aviva and the Richardson family, the people who launched Merry Hill.
The newly named McArthurGlen Designer Outlet Cannock (formerly Mill Green ) will comprise of more than 26,500 square metres of retail and leisure space.
Westside in Wolverhampton
The Westside project in Wolverhampton is set to include a multiplex cinema, 40,000 sq ft of new restaurants, shops, 50,000 sq ft of additional leisure space and a large hotel.
Developer Urban&Civic has submitted an official planning application for the first phase of its development on 6.4 acres of land in the heart of the city.
The complex will be built on land between Penn Road Island and Salop Street, including the current School Street and Peel Street car parks and the area around Market Square.
Construction on the first phase is due to start in 2018 and be completed by early 2020.
City Centre South in Coventry
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.
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 and will contain 16,145 sq ft of ground floor commercial units to house shops and cafés along with two levels of basement car parking, a concierge, gym and cycle club.
Construction is set to commence at the end of 2018 and is estimated to be completed in 2023.
And being considered ...
Designer outlet village in the Black Country
Plans are being considered for a 200,000 sq ft designer outlet village selling top brands alongside cafés, restaurants and new sports facilitates on council-owned land called Lion Farm Playing Fields, off Newbury Lane, close to junction two of the M5.
The site is currently playing fields and pitches and council chiefs in Sandwell are looking at plans from a developer for the major regeneration.
The area is close to Birchley Island which has household names such as Halfords, McDonald’s, Toys R Us and Dunelm in situ so there is a history of commercial development in the area.
If it follows the model of outlet villages like Bicester and Cheshire Oaks, then expect high-end brands selling designer clothes much more cheaply that one would find in Bulling or Merry Hill.
The proposed site covers 55 acres and the development itself is expected to be around 200,000 sq ft of buildings - the equivalent of three football pitches.