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New Buchanan Street shopping development opens

Eager shoppers queue in the snow outside Forever 21, which opened in Glasgow today. Picture: Robert Perry

Eager shoppers queue in the snow outside Forever 21, which opened in Glasgow today. Picture: Robert Perry

  • by CLARE CARSWELL
 

A new £70 million shopping development in Glasgow city centre has been opened to the public.

The latest addition to Glasgow’s retail sector is 185-221 Buchanan Street, which houses nine shops as well as 49 apartments.

The project has also created more than 200 jobs in the city.

Popular international brands Forever 21 and Vans have sited their first Scottish stores within the new centre alongside other well-known stores including fat face, Paperchase and Gap.

Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon welcomed the development as a boost to Scotland’s retail sector.

She said: “Ongoing investment in large-scale retail projects like this one here on Buchanan Street helps to ensure sustainable economic growth for Scotland.

“Not only do projects like these provide a welcome boost to the construction sector, they also provide much-needed training and employment opportunities for young people in our communities.”

The site at the top of Buchanan Street was developed by Land Securities, who intend to invest a further £300 million in Glasgow during the next few years, according to the company’s chief executive Robert Noel.

The launch of 185-221 Buchanan Street is part of the wider Buchanan Quarter development.

 

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