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Edinburgh locals invited to look to the future and celebrate past, as St James Shopping prepares for transformational redevelopment

Ahead of its closure in May, The St James Shopping centre, Edinburgh, has invited local people to celebrate the role the shopping centre has played in the community over the years. A three-day event will be held between Thursday 28 April and Saturday 30 April, giving people a chance to share their memories and stories and to learn more about the upcoming redevelopment of the site.

Before closing for redevelopment, the St James Shopping centre wants to take the opportunity to thank shoppers for their custom and loyalty over the last four decades. At the event later this month, people will also be asked to reveal their own stories about the shopping centre and New St Andrew’s House, giving them the chance to help preserve memories of the area.

Edinburgh St James will see the current shopping centre undergo an exciting phoenix-like transformation as it is replaced with new shops and restaurants, a multi-screen cinema, new homes, public squares and a world class hotel. The new development is due to open to the public in 2020 and John Lewis, which will be part of the completed scheme, will remain open as usual throughout construction, as will shops on Multrees Walk.

With pre-construction works already well underway, the event will demonstrate to people how Edinburgh St James will revitalise the east end of the city centre. At the same time, the event will mark a milestone moment for the site and celebrate its colourful and varied history.

Rochelle Burgess, Centre Director for the St James Shopping, said:

“Edinburgh St James will rejuvenate the east end of the city centre, giving the area a new lease of life, creating thousands of new jobs and attracting brand new shops and restaurants. We want ensure local people understand how the site will be regenerated and what will be delivered when the development is complete.

“We are looking forward to seeing the site evolve as the development progresses, however we also want to remember the history of the area and acknowledge all of our shoppers who have been visiting us for over 40 years. We would like to encourage local people to come along to our event, find out about the future of the site and tell us their stories as we move into this new phase of development.”

For members of the public who want to share their pictures, stories and memories of the St James Shopping centre, New St Andrew’s House and the surrounding area, please get in touch by emailing:;

To find out more about Edinburgh St James please visit Here, you can also sign up for news about the development and stay up to date on its progress.


1. Ahead of the closure of St James Shopping to make way for the exciting new Edinburgh St James development, St James Shopping is inviting shoppers to share their stories and photos of the centre over the last four decades and submit their entries to

2. User generated content in the form of photos and text may be used for future marketing purposes online and offline. Users can share and submit their stories, quotes and photographs either directly on email (via or by filling in bespoke cards that are being distributed at an event at St James Shopping 28th – 30th April. By sharing and submitting their content to Edinburgh St James (via users automatically opt into their content being used for marketing purposes

3. Photos/stories can also be submitted at an event at St James Shopping which will run from 28th April to 30th April. Users can still submit their entries after the 30th April 2016 via

4. Hard copy photographs and stories submitted at the in-centre event are non-returnable unless submitted with a stamped, self-addressed envelope. All photographs and stories selected for use will be credited where possible.

5. To take part, all entrants must be over [18] years of age on [28th April 2016].

6. St James Shopping reserves the right to verify the eligibility of entrants and user submitted content.

7. No purchase is necessary to enter.

8. To take part, entrants need to share their stories, memories or photos of the centre over the last four decades and submit their entries to

9. All personal details will be handled in accordance with St James Shopping’s privacy statement, available at

10. There is no prize for any entries submitted.

11. By entering the content for this initiative, entrants agree to take part in any publicity related to the initiative, including photography and publication of their names and county of residence. This also includes using the entrant’s content/photos submitted for future marketing purposes.

12. St James Shopping (nor any of its agencies) accepts no responsibility or liability for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft, destruction, alteration of, or unauthorised access to registrations, or registrations lost, incomplete or delayed whether or not arising during operation or transmission as a result of server failures, virus, bugs or other causes outside its reasonable control. All lost, damaged or incomplete registrations will be deemed invalid. Proof of registration shall not be proof of delivery or receipt.

13. By entering the initiative, the entrant hereby warrants that all information submitted is true, current and complete.

14. Details of the initiative are correct at the time of publication but are subject to change without prior notice.

15. The initiative and these terms and conditions are governed by British law and the exclusive jurisdiction of the English courts and any dispute in relation to them shall be heard by the British courts.

16. St James Shopping can be contacted as follows:

St James Shopping
Centre Management Suite
1 Leith Street
0131 557 0050

17. All exclusions and/or limitations of liability set out in this disclaimer shall not apply to St James Shopping’s liability for death or personal injury through negligence, or for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.

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