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Edinburgh St James welcomes Zara as east end regeneration gathers pace

Edinburgh St James welcomes Zara as east end regeneration gathers pace


25 April 2019
Edinburgh St James has signed four brands from global retail group Inditex, including fashion powerhouse Zara, to form part of the world-class 1.7m sq ft mixed-use destination at the heart of Edinburgh.

Zara will open a 37,000 sq ft store over three floors at Edinburgh St James, while Bershka, Stradivarius and Pull&Bear will take stores of 9,300 sq ft, 6,000 sq ft and 8,000 sq ft respectively, all located within the main multilevel shopping galleria. The brands will join an exclusive line-up of shops, restaurants and leisure outlets at Edinburgh St James, which already boasts a flagship John Lewis, Next, a five-screen Everyman Cinema, the city’s first W Hotel – W Edinburgh – and a luxury Roomzzz aparthotel.

Due to open its retail and restaurant element in 2020, the much-anticipated £1bn development is one of the most significant regeneration projects currently underway in the UK, and is set to strengthen Edinburgh’s standing as one of Europe’s most exciting and cosmopolitan cities.

Martin Perry, Director of Development at Edinburgh St James, commented: “Edinburgh St James is being created to reflect Edinburgh’s position as a pan-European opportunity city with a thriving economy and unique appeal. The signing of four Inditex brands to take prime locations within Edinburgh St James reinforces the development’s significance and highlights its appeal to leading international brands. Our vision is to deliver a destination that builds on Edinburgh’s famous calendar of events with our nine events spaces, and delivering a collection of handpicked brand partners in order to curate a world-class offering.”

Located within a World Heritage site in the heart of Edinburgh, the project will completely redefine mixed-use regeneration in the UK. Injecting over £1 billion of investment into the city, it will feature 850,000 sq ft of retail and leisure space, including 85 new shops, over 30 new restaurants, Edinburgh’s first Everyman Cinema, 152 apartments, a striking 12-storey W Edinburgh, a 75 room Roomzzz Aparthotel, and three new public squares. With its 24-hour leisure offering, Edinburgh St James is set to revolutionise and regenerate the city’s East End.

The retail and leisure element at Edinburgh St James is anticipated to complete in 2020, followed by full scheme completion in 2021.