The original centre was built in 1971 as part of the reconstruction of Birmingham New Street station below and was known as the Birmingham Shopping Centre before it eventually renamed as The Pallasades.
Grand Central is currently having an overhaul as part of the New Street StationGateway Plus redevelopment. The mall will be redesigned with a glass atrium roof as centrepiece, and be home to 60 stores across 500,000 sq ft with John Lewis as main anchor tenant. Many of the shops, restaurants and cafés will be new to the city including Cath Kidston, The White Company, Kiehls and Giraffe. It will open in September 2015 along with New Street Station.