What’s Happening To Midland Heart and The Barley Mow, Granby Street, Leicester?

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Midland Heart soon to be Greggs

Greggs the Baker is set to open on Granby Street in Leicester once works have completed on the old Midland Heart Building that’s been closed for some years next to The Barley Mow which is currently undergoing refurbishment since the pub was purchased by the owners of Molly O’Grady’s near the market before they shut their doors to make way for Knight & Garter.

The old site of Midland Heart looks like it is to be converted into three individual units though only the one closest to The Last Plantagenet is visible through the fences.



The addition will be the sixth Greggs to open its doors in the city centre with a brand new Greggs that opened up on Gallowtree Gate in August 2017. Other stores can be found on Belgrave Gate, Market Place, Market Street, Leicester Haymarket and the Highcross Shopping Centre.

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We spoke to those working on site today who confirmed the plans for the unit they were working on but were unable to tell us what the plans were for the other two units. Exploring further, there is no mention of the new store anywhere online, not even on Greggs’ store locator or careers page. We recommend keeping your eyes on the careers page though! We expect the store to open later this year.

Greggs will be the latest of several restaurants on Granby Street, many of them opened within the last few years including:

  • Steakout
  • Boneyard
  • Marco & Carl
  • German Donner Kebab
  • Bagel Bites
  • San Carlo, and;
  • Oodles.

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Old Midland Heart Building soon to be Greggs.

As fans of Greggs and with easy reach of commuters leaving the train station, we’re certain it’s going to be a welcome, popular addition to the street. Especially with a large block of flats above the store, a youth hostel (Leicester YMCA) on East Street and several multi-storey purpose-built blocks of flats within its vicinity.

This Greggs replaces the London Road Greggs we lost a couple of years ago in favour of new flats next to Lillie House Tesco.



Now, what’s happening with the eyesore behind? Next to the pay and display carpark over the road from The Last Plantagenet? We expect the premises to be far too long to suit a cosy bakery like Greggs. We expect the unit will actually be split through the middle to make six, instead of three units and the other three units will open up onto the side road behind Grand Kebabs and before the car park though this is entirely speculation.

 

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