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Footwear brands join line-up in St James Quarter

St James will be opening in Spring 2021

Two footwear brands have signed up for the new St. James Quarter in Edinburgh ahead of its planned opening in the Spring.

Kurt Geiger and sister brand Carvela have taken 1,991 sq ft, and 1,403 sq ft respectively, and will be situated on level three of the development, alongside Tommy Hilfiger, Calvin Klein, Russell & Bromley, Peloton, Zara and H&M.

In addition to the latest signings, the fashion line up at St James Quarter includes , & Other Stories, Mango, Bershka, Pull & Bear, Stradivarius, Next, H&M, JD Sports, Dune, as well as the many concessions within John Lewis.

Kurt Geiger retail director, Ross Warden, said: “We’re excited to be joining this incredible development to Edinburgh’s retail scene as we continue to expand our retail offering throughout the UK.”

Gap may close all stores

The announcement came as new figures showed growth in the retail sector but a further warning of shop closures by Gap.

The US-owned chain said said all its stores in the UK could close, with the loss of more than 1,000 jobs, as the US clothing retailer looks at introducing a franchise-only operation in Europe.

The retailer had 129 Gap-branded stores in Europe at the end of July but was making huge losses because of the Covid-19 pandemic. The majority of the stores – about 80 – are in the UK.

The other stores affected are in France where there are 21 stores, Italy (13) and Ireland (4). 

It is thought that its distribution centre near Rugby in the Midlands, employs about 500 people and could also close.

“As we conduct the review, we will look at transferring elements of the business to interested third parties as part of a proposed partnership model expansion,” said Mark Breitbard, head of Gap brand global.

Edinburgh Woollen buys time

High street clothing chain Edinburgh Woollen Mill, which also owns Peacocks and Jaeger, has been granted a further 10 working days to speak to potential suitors and work on a rescue plan.

The retailer said earlier this month that it would go bust without filing for an intention to appoint administrators with the High Court, with more than 20,000 jobs at risk.

Edinburgh Woollen Mill

Since then, the company has begun closing 50 stores with 600 job losses.

According to a memo seen by the PA news agency, there is interest in parts of the business, understood to be the Peacocks and Jaeger brands.

However, it is understood a further 100 to 150 stores across the group are being earmarked for closure while talks continue with landlords.

Discussions on the sale of the Peacocks brand were also hit by lockdown restrictions in Wales, with the company’s headquarters and distribution centre based in Cardiff.

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