When non-essential retail opens from next week in Liverpool, visitors will notice a few changes since their last outing.
Ranging from new stores, developments and art, here is five new things you will be able catch a glimpse of when next in the city centre from 12th April.
While Liverpool city centre’s non-essential stores have been closed during lockdown, other new stores have used the time to make finishing touches to their premises. A huge new Pandora store is open on Church Street. The jewellers have taken over the old Schuh site.
Next has taken over the former Forever 21 site and is now open. The three floors are a larger unit for Next which moved from its old premises on the other side of Church Street and Liverpool ONE.
B&M has opened its new site at Clayton Square. The store, in the former Clas Ohlson opened at the start of March.
New cafes and restaurants
The new food hall, GPO, at Metquarter opens in Spring. Make sure you peek through the windows as it won’t be open for 12 April but you’ll be able to see progress.
Independents burger restaurant, Fat Hippo, opens this Spring/Summer on Bold Street. Fat Hippo already has restaurants in Newcastle, Sheffield, Nottingham and Durham.
In Liverpool ONE in May, new foodie offers include Maggie Fu, the Liverpool-based street food operator, and Massaman, with its first restaurant outside Scotland.
Animation in public spaces
Last summer, Liverpool BID Company worked with Levy Payers, alongside Liverpool City Council and Culture Liverpool to establish Liverpool Without Walls. This supported hospitality venues to extend their licenses into public spaces across the city and saw the closure to traffic on Bold Street and Castle Street and the arrival of parklets to Bold Street. This will continue after 12 April.
In Liverpool ONE, don’t miss On The Green, the new experiential golfing concept open later in the Spring.
Art in the public realm
Liverpool Biennial has launched and there are artworks across the city centre, including Osteoclast (I do not know how I came to be on board this ship, this navel of my ark) (2021) by Teresa Solar, composed of five kayaks, each sculpture reflecting the shape of a human bone.
New works and developments
When the city re-opens there will still be development works taking place. Work has begun on the new Flannels store opening on Parker Street. The former Owen Owen’s store covers 12,000 sq feet and will feature a rooftop area. It is due to open in Autumn.
Work continues to take place on city centre connectivity, on both Lime Street and the Strand. Car parks remain open, but plan your journey in advance as some of your bus routes might have changed since the beginning of the year.
From 12 April, Liverpool ONE’s non-symptomatic covid testing pop-up centre will be open 9.30am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday and on Sundays from 11am-5pm.