New chief at Capital store

A NEW managing director has been appointed at the John Lewis department store in the Capital.

Barry Blamire has worked for the firm for 16 years after joining as a graduate trainee. He will succeed Barry Matheson, who is moving to a new role with the company in London.

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Mr Blamire was previously managing director of John Lewis Newcastle and will be responsible for heading up all aspects of store operations.

He said: “Working for John Lewis has been hugely rewarding and I’m looking forward to the new opportunity in Edinburgh. It’s a wonderful city.”