Boost for city centre
Beales breathes life into former Perth store
McEwens store in Perth city centre closed in March last year after nearly 150 years as a local fixture.
The unit in St John Street has been acquired by Beales, which has 20 stores across England, and it could give a boost to Christmas trade by opening before the year end.
Over a hundred jobs were lost when McEwens went into administration.
The closure of the family-run business also saw branches in Oban and Ballater close, and was described by then council leader Ian Miller as a “significant loss for Perth and the wider region”.
The leader of Perth & Kinross Council, councillor Ian Campbell, said: “We are confident that Beales will be able to meet the needs of our new customers in Perth and surrounding area, continuing Perth’s tradition of offering all that is best from a local, independent department store.
“This is fantastic news for the city of Perth and the surrounding area.
“The former McEwens building is a flagship site in the city centre, and it will be great to see it coming back into use, particularly as home to an established independent business.
“The decision by Beales to make Perth the location for their first Scottish store is a ringing endorsement of our city as a place for business investment and growth, and I look forward to seeing them open their doors to new customers later in the year.”
Tony Brown, CEO of Bournemouth-based Beales said: “Beales is the largest independent market town department store group in the United Kingdom, owned by Andrew Perloff and his family interests.
“Working closely with Perth and Kinross Council we hope to get the store open by November. We recognise Perth to be one of the most innovative cities in Scotland with a great heritage and a forward thinking council.”