Shoppers and visitors will be returning to a fresh and exciting Solihull town centre following the easing of Covid restrictions.

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 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 punters 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!”

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