Coventry shop is latest to relocate to new site to make way for City Centre South

ShopMobility has opened on Greyfriars Lane in Coventry
ShopMobility has opened on Greyfriars Lane in Coventry -Credit:Oracle PR

A Coventry shop has relocated ahead of its existing site being demolished as part of the multi-million regeneration project City Centre South. ShopMobility has moved from Barracks Car Park to Greyfriars Lane.

ShopMobility hires mobility equipment to the public so that people with restricted mobility can visit the city centre, Coventry City Council said. It also provides facilities for people with profound disabilities in its brand-new Changing Places Toilet.

Customers can find the brand-new ShopMobility next to Salt Lane Car Park. It has been constructed by The Hill Group and funded by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA).

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It opened last week with a ribbon-cutting on Greyfriars Lane. Jo Sanders, Manager of Coventry ShopMobility was joined by Councillors Jim O'Boyle and Patricia Hetherton, Richard Parker, Mayor of the West Midlands, and Andy Fancy, Managing Director at The Hill Group.

Customer Barbara Gibbs also attended the opening of ShopMobility on Friday (May 17). She said: “A big thanks goes to everyone involved in this project. ShopMobility will continue to provide an excellent and essential service to people like me, and it is a pleasure to be here today as part of the celebrations.”

Manager Jo Sanders added: “I would like to thank The Hill Group, Coventry City Council, and WMCA for creating this fabulous new space for us in Coventry. We opened our doors to the general public on Tuesday, May 7 and have already welcomed many new and returning clients to make use of these essential services.”

Andy Fancy, Managing Director at The Hill Group, said: “I am delighted to be marking the handover of the ShopMobility facility and wish them every success. It signifies the beginning of a broader regeneration project here in Coventry.

“With a focus on pedestrian-friendly design and enhanced retail offerings, City Centre South is poised to redefine the urban landscape, enriching the lives of residents and visitors alike. Over time, we will be creating hundreds of new homes for the local community, along with 8,000 square metres of new commercial space and 17,000 square metres of public open space, which will be transformative for Coventry.”

Cllr Jim O'Boyle, Cabinet Member for Jobs, Regeneration, and Climate Change, added: “It is excellent to see ShopMobility open and thriving at its new base in Salt Lane Car Park. It really signifies the start of work at City Centre South and will not be long before The Hill Group is able to demolish the Barracks Car Park and start work on its first phase.”

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