The Purr-fect addition - Grand Central welcomes Kitty Café
Birmingham’s first cat café, Kitty Café, opened its doors for the first time in Grand Central earlier this week. The new location will be home to 30 rescue cats and will offer an extensive food and drinks menu including afternoon tea and a selection of cakes, as well as the opportunity for shoppers to relax with some feline friends.
The site is the brand’s third location and the quirky space, designed by a collaboration between CPMG Architects, Trent Shopfitters and an in-house team, features brightly coloured décor and a bespoke cat playground.
Iain Mitchell, UK Commercial Director at Hammerson, said: “Kitty Café brings something fun and truly unique to Grand Central, and I know that it is already proving exceptionally popular with local shoppers. We’re always looking for ways to diversify the mix of brands we have in our destinations, whether that’s by bringing in a new name that people haven’t seen before or introducing a new concept, and Kitty Café is a great example of that.”
Kate Charles-Richards, founder of Kitty Caféadded: “We have been embraced with open arms by the people of Birmingham, it’s been amazing to have such a warm welcome! We are dedicated to providing a safe space that brings the rescue cats back to full health and happiness, and we truly believe that Kitty Café adds something special to Grand Central whilst also helping our rehabilitated cats find their forever home. We simply can’t think of a better location in this leading city than Grand Central.”
The arrival of Kitty Café follows the recent openings of the first site outside of London for popular German eatery Herman Ze German, and Edinburgh’s favourite pizza brand, @pizza. In the last 18 months, Hammerson has welcomed a number of new F&B brands to the destination, including the likes of Mowgli, Comptoir Libanais, Holy Moly Macaroni, Thai Express and Tasty Plaice.
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Hammerson create vibrant, continually evolving spaces, in and around thriving European cities, with a focus on flagship retail destinations and Premium Outlets. As of 31stDec 2018, our portfolio of high-quality venues had a value of £9.9 billion and includes 21 flagship destinations, 13 convenient retail parks and investments in 20 premium outlet villages, through our partnership with Value Retail and the VIA Outlets joint venture. Key retail venues include, Bullring & Grand Central, Birmingham, Bicester Village, Oxfordshire, Freeport Lisboa Fashion Outlet, Lisbon, Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin; and Les Terrasses du Port, Marseille. We manage over 2,000 brand relationships and during trading hours, over 80,000 people visit our shopping centres hourly across our flagship destinations in the UK, France & Ireland