Birmingham & Black Country

Birmingham 'flagship' department store to create 500 jobs

Grand Central shopping centre
Image caption New Street's £650m face-lift will feature about 60 shops and restaurants.

Managers of a "flagship" department store say more than 500 jobs will be created at its new city centre premises.

John Lewis said a store above the redeveloped Birmingham New Street station would offer roles on the shop floor, stock-room and kitchen.

The company said the move represented its "ongoing commitment" to the city.

Due to open in September, the £35m store anchors the Grand Central shopping centre.

When completed, the 250,000 sq ft (23,226 sq m) store will be one of the company's largest outside London.

New Street's £650m face-lift will also feature about 60 shops and restaurants.

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