Why Glasgow is in vogue for fashion retail

Lynn Imbier

Frasers Group’s Flannels is to open its to start with dedicated “Flannels Junior” designer childrenswear shop in Glasglow this month. The place and facts have not nonetheless been disclosed, but brand names stocked will contain Gucci and Burberry. It follows the opening of Frasers Group’s new 25,000 sq ft Cruise flagship on Glasgow’s Ingram Street on 26 April. Proven in Edinburgh in 1981, independent mini-chain Cruise is the Scottish sister brand to United kingdom-dependent luxury retailer Flannels.

In the meantime, AllSaints has moved its Glasgow shop from to 98 Buchanan Street to selection eighty three-85. AllSaints reported the shop is the 2nd-optimum performer by earnings in the United kingdom, after the Regent Street shop in London.

Field industry experts level to Glasgow’s manner heritage, significant catchment area and powerful transport hyperlinks as reasons for new shop openings in the town.

“Glasgow is a really powerful town for manner commit, and is neck and neck with Manchester after London in conditions of customer commit,” points out the CEO of one particular multiple manner retailer, which opened a new shop in Glasgow in the earlier yr.

David Lonsdale, director of the Scottish Retail Consortium, tells Drapers: “The earlier 15 months have been tumultuous to say the minimum. Glasgow has been clobbered hard by Covid, and the connected limitations and recurring govt lockdowns. It has endured from the prolonged absence more than these 15 months of business staff, civil servants, tourists and learners. Even so-referred to as critical retailers in the town centre have missing out due to the fact of the collapse in footfall.

“However, the city’s retail scene has great strengths, not minimum as a regional hub with a enormous catchment area, and with an comprehensive general public transport process, which is among the the most important exterior London. This makes it uncomplicated for purchasers to pay a visit to.

“The town also has a substantial standing for manner retailing possessing hosted brand names of worldwide reputation, typically positioned in and all-around the Italian Centre in Service provider Metropolis”. Service provider Metropolis in Ingram Street is an “urban village” of designer garments stores, clubs and restaurants.

Flannels Cruise in Glasgow. Photo by Joas Souza


Lonsdale states Glasgow has an comprehensive rail process to west central Scotland, and to Ayrshire and Lanarkshire to the south of the town, and other components of the place. It also has a significant catchment area for its a number of universities and more education faculties.

The previous head of retail operations at a section shop chain dependent in Scotland points out: “Glasgow has traditionally been the higher manner city in Scotland, household of the renowned Glasgow College of Art, when Edinburgh is a ton wealthier, and they really don’t have the exact same desire and enthusiasm for manner.

“Traditionally, the Glasgow outlets choose additional than the Edinburgh outlets in Scotland. Glasgow is the AllSaints customer, as is Cruise. But Edinburgh has a selection of challenges for these brand names – deficiency of significant place offered on [major shopping area] Princes Street and the shopping centres are traditionally spouse and children oriented.

“So, for a manner brand, Glasgow is the go-to put and ordinarily in the top ten outlets in the United kingdom.”

She provides that stores vacancies prompted by the coronavirus pandemic have been a further aspect for retailers opening up stores in the town: “There are a big amount of money of empty units – for case in point, the Debenhams shop, which was the major anchor for the St Enoch Centre. There are also excellent rental offers offered from landlords.”

Debenhams shut its 15 outlets in Scotland more than the earlier number of months, ensuing in 647 redundancies.

Debenhams was the anchor tenant at Glasgow’s St Enoch’s Centre, which is going through a £40m refurbishment

1 retail assets pro agrees: “There are at the moment empty units and a rebalancing of units, but all of that is blended with there getting higher disposable money, available and enterprise. Also, Buchanan Street appears to be truly, truly superior as a retail place.”

The running director of one particular manner multiple agrees that Buchanan Street is a major attraction: “Glasgow has constantly been a excellent manner town and Buchanan Street is the most professional shopping road with most of the higher road brand names getting positioned there. Ingram Street, when much fewer active, is household to additional quality brand names these as Gant, Hugo Boss, Armani, Ralph Lauren, Mulberry, as nicely as multi-brand outlets like Cruise.”

A companion at one particular retail assets company points out: “There has been a huge shift from Sauchiehall Street, with lots of retailers focusing on Buchanan Street, with investment into the outlets to make certain that they retain up the calls for of their buyers. I am also aware that St Enoch Centre is going through a redevelopment of section of the centre to make way for a new leisure and cafe part.”

The shopping mall is going through a important redevelopment to broaden its retail and entertainment choices for website visitors. The task is approximated to require a £40m investment and is expected to crank out 40 new employment in the area. It is scheduled to be done this yr.

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