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Grand Central opened first cat café in Birmingham

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.”

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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