Highest ever deal in Scotland

Record sale as Royal Mile shop goes for a million

Royal Mile shop record
Top news: Scottish record

A tiny shop on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile has been sold to a private investor for £1 million, achieving a Scottish record of £3,871 per square foot.

Chartered surveyor DM Hall handled the sale of the 258 square foot premises, which operates as a newsagent just yards from Edinburgh Castle.

Its current occupier, J&S, pays £18,100 year rent on a full repairing and insuring lease due to expire in April 2034.

Margaret Mitchell of DM Hall, who concluded the deal, said: “Not only did we achieve a wonderful price for our client but it was positive to see competing offers around this level.” 

Ross Wilson, DM Hall’s head of agency for the East of Scotland, said: “We believe, subject to final confirmation, that this investment sale has attracted the highest price per square foot ever paid for a commercial property in Scotland. 

“With a footfall on the Royal Mile of four million plus people a year and a world heritage site like Edinburgh Castle, which has been a focal point for over one thousand years virtually next door, it is safe to say that this acquisition represents an exceptionally attractive long-term investment.

“When we were given the brief to market this rare investment opportunity, our closeness to the Edinburgh market allowed us to rapidly target prospective buyers then to enter successfully into a competitive bidding situation which ensured that we extracted full asset value for our client.”

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