Talks are at an “advanced stage” for a food operator to move into the former Lewis’s building.
That’s according to a report set to be discussed by Liverpool City Council’s cabinet this week, which also reveals that the delivery of the stalled Central Village scheme “seems more likely”.
Discount supermarket chain Lidl reportedly shelved plans to open in the iconic city centre department store in May – the German firm had wanted to occupy a ground floor space on Ranelagh Street, opposite McDonald’s and Bella Italia.
The cabinet report is proposing the creation of a draft Spatial Regeneration Framework (SRF) which will guide development in the Knowledge Quarter (KQ) Gateway area.
In relation to the long-delayed Central Village development, the report states: “Now that the Lewis’s building and much of the undeveloped land to the rear adjoining the station is in one ownership, there are several exciting, emerging plans and the delivery of a comprehensive development seems more likely”.
Meanwhile, the report also confirms that talks have taken place between the council and the owners of the Adelphi Hotel, Britannia Hotels, to discus the local authority’s plans for investment in the wider KQ Gateway area.
The council document adds that Britannia Hotels “may be willing to invest in their asset if there was investment in the wider area”.