As the most prosperous UK city outside London, Edinburgh continues to attract premium retailers, enticed by year-round footfall and the fact Edinburgh has been named the UK’s most walkable city. As well as being served by free-to-use city centre public WiFi, the city has one of the UK’s most integrated public transport networks.

An eclectic mix

Edinburgh is undergoing a retail transformation, thanks to a substantial investment programme that will expand and redevelop a number of flagship city centre retail sites. These key regeneration and development projects include Edinburgh St. James, New Waverley and the Haymarket Edinburgh (tHe)

One of the largest urban regeneration projects currently underway in Europe, Edinburgh St James will deliver 850,000 sqft. (79,000m2) of retail space, a luxury five-star hotel, up to 150 new homes, 30 restaurants and a new multi-screen cinema. The development will create an exciting hub for Edinburgh’s thriving day and night-time economy; a place where shoppers, tourists, residents and workers can shop, indulge and relax. It is anticipated that the development, when complete will help launch Edinburgh up the UK retail rankings.

Currently, a rich mix of speciality, multiple and destination retailers, all-year-round events, historic attractions, and a commitment to ongoing public realm improvements have helped Edinburgh build its reputation as a retail destination in its own right.  Edinburgh's status as the most prosperous UK city outside London has helped attract a growing number of premium retailers and the capital is now home to a new luxury shopping quarter at Multrees Walk, including international designer brands and Scotland's only Harvey Nichols.

Several Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) have been established across Edinburgh to give retailers and local businesses greater say and influence on local public realm improvement projects and events. Edinburgh’s current BIDs cover Princes Street and George Street through Essential Edinburgh; the Greater Grassmarket area; Edinburgh's West End; and Queensferry Ambition.

Other city centre retail clusters include; Princes Street, Waverley Mall, George Street, The West End, Victoria Street and The Royal Mile. Meanwhile, the city is also very well served by a wide variety of retail parks including; Ocean Terminal, The Gyle, Cameron Toll and Fort Kinnaird.

In good company

Edinburgh's eclectic retail offer encompasses designer fashion, well-known multiples and independent boutiques. Discover More about Edinburgh's retail sector by exploring our Business Sector Map.

Tailored support

The Invest Edinburgh team offer a bespoke, tailored soft-landing service to companies, investors and developers keen to invest in Edinburgh and the city region. If you would like to find out more about how we can help you and your business establish, relocate or expand within the city region, or would simply like more information about what Edinburgh has to offer, get in touch today.


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