Furniture store heads to Marina
Crossing lures business from city centre
Russell Aitken: ‘exciting new era’
Scotland’s new bridge, The Queensferry Crossing, has helped lure another business to the Forth’s developing shoreline.
Antiques, art and furniture dealer Shapes is relocating from its city home in the west of Edinburgh to Port Edgar Marina in South Queensferry.
Shapes Furniture, which attracts buyers from around the world, will move from its long-established base at Sighthill.
The business will take up a prime location in the shadow of the three bridges across the Firth of Forth.
The retailer’s arrival marks a key point in the development of Port Edgar Marina into a visitor destination. Buzzworks Holdings which manages nine bar and dining venues across Ayrshire – is to open a restaurant.
Russell Aitken, managing director at the marina, said the marina was facing an “exciting new era”.
Operators Port Edgar Holdings took over its running from City of Edinburgh Council’s Leisure division in April 2014. Redevelopment work has already involved refurbishing buildings and demolishing others to create better parking facilities, and dredging work to make the harbour available to larger vessels.
The marina provides berths for around 300 boats and is home to a yacht club, a rowing club, several cruise boat operators and Scotland’s largest water sports centre.
Mr Aitken added: “Down the years Port Edgar has enabled generations of sailors to enjoy fantastic views across the Firth of Forth. We are preparing to share that with a new generation of visitors.”
Ali Black of Shapes Furniture said: “Port Edgar Marina is in a beautiful location, overshadowed by the marvels of engineering that are the three Forth bridges.
“We’re looking forward to moving to such an iconic setting, in a waterside development that will attract visitors from around the world.”