Ion Greene King Lime Street
Greene King has leased space in Ion's Lime Street redevelopment in Liverpool.

Greene King set for Lime Street spring opening

Dan Whelan

Developer Ion has agreed to let 7,500 sq ft of retail space to pub Greene King as part of the £49m Lime Street development in Liverpool city centre.

Under the 25-year lease, Suffolk-headquartered Greene King, the UK’s largest pub owner, will open the doors of its pub in the spring.

Greene King is the latest occupier to take space in Lime Street’s 28,000 sq ft retail and leisure component. One previously announced tenant is Lidl, which opened its 18,000 sq ft supermarket in January 2019. A 101-bedroom Premier Inn and an 11-storey, 412-bedroom student residential block have been delivered as part of the regeneration of the area, designed by Broadway Malyan and IBI Group.

Steve Parry, managing director of Ion, said: “It has always been important to us to reflect the roots of Lime Street through this development. Lime Street was traditionally a street where entertainment married harmoniously with food, drink and retail. We hoped to mirror that offering when allocating the street level units.”

A spokesperson for Greene King said: “Greene King Local Pubs are all individually designed, to reflect the community they sit within and offer a local experience. Lime Street is an inimitable street that welcomes visitors to the city, and Greene King will reflect this uniqueness. [The outlet] will provide another location for people to enjoy food and drink in this part of town and further instil a sense of local community in this part of the city.”

The letting comes almost four months after Greene King was bought by Hong Kong firm CKA in a £2.7bn deal. This week, Greene King employees were reported to be threatening strike action over a pay dispute.

Greene King owns around 2,700 pubs, restaurants and hotels across the UK.­

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Totally uninspiring choice of tenants for a supposed important development scheme.

By Old Hall Street

Well, the scheme removed the dereliction of the decaying old buildings, but it lost character, more could have been done to save some of the characteristic façades, and the new buildings on Lime Street do not live up to the hype.
There is an urgent need now for much more ambitions proposals for the Adelphi/KQ Gateway, and the bar should be set much higher! I wasn’t impressed by the consultants proposals when they went to consultation. Not joined up! You could remove ALL the traffic from a new Lime Square if you create a new bus hub at the back of the Adelphi and send the buses round the back before coming back to Renshaw Street. You could also widen Newington with minimum demolition of dilapidated buildings and have a completely traffic free area between Lewis’s and the Adelphi. Then, you can have a much more ambitious development plan for all your vacant sites with new squares and plazas and get real quality buildings in!

By Liverpolitan

@ Old Hall Street^^^ the development is truly awful, it has made Lime Street soulless. A pub can only improve things, and it means I can crawl from The Crown next door.

LL

By Liver lad

Especially as this area constitutes the “Plan B” that was to be rolled out as and when it was felt could get away with stopping looking like they were making any effort to secure HS2, I think we should honour the man who made this street possible and mark his legacy.

I give you The Anderson Quarter.

By Mike

Another wasted opportunity by the Council. Sold a dummy by Ion on this scheme. A prominent Edwardian facade torn down for cheap flats and a supermarket. A scheme more in line with a district centre such as Kirkby rather than a key gateway for a famous street and historic gateway. Does the Council ever due due diligence on any of these schemes? This should have been the natural entrance to the Knowledge Quarter.

By John Smith

@Liver Lad, but that’s the point isn’t it, that end of town is already filled with 60 year old slappers and drunks on a Sunday afternoon. Ion/Neptune’s development could gone some way to alleviate that and not add to it with another pub. What happened to the proposal to turn the old ABC cinema into a studio/live music venue? Get your finger out Anderson!

By Old Hall Street

I don’t know why everyone complaining. I thought that Ions reputation for producing major developments that are rich in joyless, impotent banality was well established a long time ago.

By Arthur Eyetis