POSTED: 9 April 2021

New-look Solihull town centre ready and raring to welcome people back

Shoppers and visitors will be returning to a fresh and exciting Solihull town centre when Covid restrictions are loosened on Monday.

Shoppers and visitors will be returning to a fresh and exciting Solihull town centre when Covid restrictions are loosened on Monday.

Solihull BID – the Business Improvement District for the town centre – has been working hard during lockdown to make the area an even more welcoming place to visit.

The BID’s ‘Solihull Welcomes You’ campaign is urging locals to fall back in love with shopping, dining, and relaxing in the town centre.

A new Community Seating Hub has been installed on the High Street, complimenting the one already in situ in Mell Square. There will be three more smaller parklet-style Seating Hubs dotted down the High Street in time for the grand reopening on Monday, April 12th.

The BID has also transformed the Theatre Square area of Touchwood by the Core Theatre into an attractive outdoor dining area with chalets and benches so you can enjoy your favourite bars and restaurants in a safe and welcoming environment.

And you won’t have to shop until you drop, either. Over 50 benches have been brought in by the BID for use in Mell Square and the High Street so you’ll be able to rest up, whilst adhering to Government guidelines.

A boom period has been predicted for the retail and hospitality industries following months of lockdown and visitors returning to the new experience-led Solihull town centre will be get a warm welcome next week. The kids will even have something to keep them occupied during the Easter break from school with the BID’s fun animal trail.

With a flurry of new businesses ready to throw open their doors and town centre favourites preparing to welcome you back, Solihull is ready to become a hive activity once again.

The BID’s Street Wardens will be on hand as a reassuring presence for the public whilst Covid marshals will help keep people safe.

There is an air of excitement around Solihull ahead of the easing of lockdown restrictions with the majority of town centre businesses ready and raring to go.

Melanie Palmer, Chief Executive of Solihull BID, said: “The 'big reset’ has begun, and our clear and pragmatic approach for the reopening of the town centre will show our visitors how much they are valued, we can’t wait to have you back!

“The predicted rise in sales from next week is backed by the recent research showing consumer confidence is at an all-time high since 2008. Our careful but positive approach means our shoppers can return reassured that Solihull will make the experience both enjoyable and safe, a great start to a new future!”

Ali Karakaya, Managing Director of Yakinori in Touchwood, said: “Solihull BID have done a great job with Theatre Square and it looks great. It will be a big benefit for us as our customers will have plenty of outdoor space to enjoy our food. We are excited to be welcoming even more people back into the town centre.”

Ajay Kenth, owner of Taste Collective, Vita and Green’s in Mell Square, said: “With the additional seating provided by Solihull BID, Mell Square is the perfect place to reunite with family and friends. Enjoy coffee, tea, milkshakes and sweet treats from Vita, cocktails and grazing boards at Green's and everything from burgers, pizzas to bao and tacos at Taste Collective.”

Kyle Hadley, Store Manager of Lush on the High Street, added: “It's been lovely to see investment into the High Street during such an unnerving period of time. The new seating areas look lovely and place customers right outside our business which will be the perfect opportunity to remind them we are still here and ready to welcome them once again!”