21.6.09

Glasgow shopping news

Despite the economic downturn, and news of retailers like Coast and River Island going into administration, there seems to be a large influx of investment in Glasgow’s shopping world. Hamley’s are to open their first stand-alone shop outside of London, Belstaff will be opening a store in Prince’s Square, and St Enoch’s rennovations trudge on. Lord Adonis’s plans for high speed rail networks between London, Manchester and Glasgow, with train times between London and Glasgow reduced to 2 hours and 42 minutes, could make spending an afternoon shopping in London, without the expense, hassle, and environmental problems related to air travel, a reality. Here’s a brief summary of some of the shopping news to be hitting the papers at the moment:

Glasgow's dramatic retail expansion is raising questions about its sustainability
From October, Glasgow shoppers will share the attraction of the renowned store as Hamleys has chosen the St Enoch Centre for the site of its first large, standalone store outside London. It is seen as a major coup for St Enoch and the move must have come as relief to owner Ivanhoe Cambridge as the property developer is pumping £100 million in to what was becoming a tired centre and has added a 250,000sq ft extension to the complex.
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Lord Adonis sees demise of short flights
The proposed high-speed rail network, due to be completed by 2020, would initially run from London to Birmingham and eventually extend to Manchester and Glasgow. Detailed plans are being developed by a government-backed company. Early estimates indicate that the line will cost up to £30 billion. The government will make its final policy decision in early 2010.

“We have a very exciting agenda for transport investment over the next 10 years and I believe that will be a central part of our manifesto,” Adonis said.
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Queen Street on track for multi-million pound revamp in flagship line upgrade
GLASGOW's Queen Street Station is to undergo a multi-million pound expansion, Scotland on Sunday has learned.

The landmark – which dates back to 1842 – will get new and longer platforms and, sources suggest, an airport-style passenger terminal.

The upgrade will be made as part of the Scottish Government's proposed £1 billion revamp of the flagship Edinburgh to Glasgow route.
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Clothing firm to the stars to open store in Glasgow
Belstaff will unveil its new outlet in the city's Princes Square later this summer.

The firm is famous for its leather jackets that have been worn by Tom Cruise in War of the Worlds and Mission Impossible, Brad Pitt in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Aviator.

The company has stores in London and Manchester as well as Spain and Italy and has picked Glasgow for its new opening because of its trendy reputation.
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McArthurGlen Wins Glasgow Airport Contract
Travellers at Glasgow Airport will soon have a much wider range of shopping to choose from as plans took a step forward today to develop the new retail section of the airport.

McArthurGlen is currently in negotiations with potential retailers to occupy the space. Although not yet revealing any names, the chairman of luxury retail for McArthurGlen, Brian Collie, said: “We are targeting mid-market to high-end fashion brands, sportswear and casual ski-wear.”
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Glasgow to redevelop Savoy Centre in £80m prestige project
Plans for a £80 million development in the heart of Glasgow were announced yesterday, just as Edinburgh pulled the plug on one of its largest projects.

The Savoy Centre, the dated shopping precinct in Sauchiehall Street, is to be pulled down and replaced with a 30-storey landmark featuring a 221-bedroom hotel and restaurants with panoramic views of the city. There is also to be 6,000 sqm of office accommodation. The work will involve the demolition of an unloved walkway over Renfrew Street to the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama.
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