Many of you may be experiencing a severe case of deja vu after yesterday's announcement that the John Lewis Partnership will anchor the revamped Pallasades Shopping Centre - a key part of the £600m Gateway project comprising the redevelopment of New Street Station.
Now, I'm not one to gloat, but those of you with good memories will recall that back in August last year I exclusively revealed the news within the pages of Estates Gazette that Britain's best loved high street retailer was poised to open one of its largest stores in the country at the soon-to-be renovated Pallasades Shopping Centre
At the time, this was one of Birminghham's best kept secrets. Yes, everyone knew that JLP wanted to get a foothold in the city and yes it had been linked with the Birmingham Alliance's now defunct Martineau Galleries mixed-use development - but no-one guessed that the run-down and frankly horrible Pallasades Shopping Centre would get such a massive shot in the arm as to have a 250,000 sq ft John Lewis department store as its new anchor.
Of course, it makes absolute sense. With 35m passengers travelling through the station each year, footfall will not be an issue, JLP gets its long-awaited flagship store in the city centre and this letting will no doubt cement Birmingham's retail credentials as the third best shopping destination (after London and Glasgow respectively) in the UK.
If planning consent is granted, we could be experiencing all the shiny new department store has to offer come 2014.
Here's a round-up of how some of the other media broke yesterday's news:
The Birmingham Post focusses on the 650 jobs that will will be created in the city by the new store opening.
The BBC reports a Network Rail spokesman saying "Today's deal is a further sign that our plans are critical to the long term success of the city and will create new jobs and stimulate economic growth."
The BusinessDesk.com says JLP was "long rumoured to be a potential anchor tenant of the new retail development alongside the station refurbishment."
Click on the link below to see new images of the proposed development.