Broadcaster Sky takes wraps off first ever Scottish retail store

Broadcasting and broadband giant Sky has opened its first ever retail shop in Scotland.

The media and entertainment group has opened for business on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street, bringing together Sky Mobile, Sky Broadband and Sky TV in one place.

The 2,500-square-foot shop will include a dedicated “customer hub” allowing new customers to speak to advisors about the latest innovations. It will also house an “iSmash” service facility, providing customers with repair and maintenance services on site.

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The building, which has a listed facade, is located directly opposite the Buchanan Galleries shopping centre and adjacent to Buchanan Quarter.

The media and entertainment group has opened for business on Glasgow’s Buchanan Street, bringing together Sky Mobile, Sky Broadband and Sky TV in one place. Picture: Rebecca Andrews

Most consumers will be familiar with Sky through its merchandising stands within major shopping centres.

Chris Stylianou, chief operating officer, Sky UK and Ireland, said: “Since announcing our move into bricks and mortar retail we’ve opened shops in Liverpool, Leeds and Gateshead – now we’re bringing the Sky experience to shoppers in Scotland with our Glasgow shop.

“We already have deep roots in Scotland with many of our colleagues working across our campuses in Livingston, Dunfermline and Glasgow.”

Sharon Bloodworth, director, retail asset management at property firm Hines UK, added: “Sky clearly recognise the value of personal interaction with their customers and the selection of our Buchanan Street asset as the home for one of their new stores demonstrates the strength of the location.

“This commitment from Sky is a significant vote of confidence during challenging times for everyone in the retail sector, and we look forward to their doors opening to customers.”

Hines acquired 229-249 Buchanan Street in April 2016 as part of its investment mandate from Bayerische Versorgungskammer (BVK).

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