Edinburgh’s St James Quarter is just weeks away from opening it’s doors to the public.
The city centre is strapping itself in for a new era in retail as the transformation is aimed to elevate Edinburgh as a shopping destination.
The first phase will see around 70% of the 85 new shops opening including Zara, Mango and Kurt Geiger. A luxury hotel and apartments will follow in separate stages.
The centre will also see many brands making their Scotland debuts with Bonnie & Wild, & Other Stories, Bershka and Stradivarius being made available.
A refurbished John Lewis welcomed customers earlier this week and while the high street has taken a hit in recent years, there’s confidence amongst experts that there is still a demand for in-person shopping experiences.
Martin Perry, director of development at Edinburgh St James, said: “We are extremely excited to be opening the first phase of the Quarter to the public. After a very long and challenging year, it’s a moment many of us have been waiting for.
“This is a significant moment in Edinburgh’s history, and we can’t wait to share what lies behind the quarter with the people of Edinburgh and beyond.
“A new normal demands a new kind of destination – a development that can respond to an ever-changing situation we are living with, one that serves the needs of its community as well as visitors to the city.
“We are working closely with the Scottish Government to ensure we create a safe space for shoppers to escape and enjoy.
“Our team is working tirelessly to ensure the appropriate safety measures will be in place and ensure we create a destination that can be truly enjoyed for generations to come.”
It is hoped that if all goes well with the easing of coronavirus restrictions, this billion pound site will be welcoming customers by the end of next month.