Major retailer to move in former McEwens store

Monday September 11th 2017 at 12:01 PM

There is a major boost for Perth city centre with a new company moving into the former McEwens shop.

It has been acquired by independent department store Beales, who are coming to Scotland for the first time.

McEwens of Perth closed last year with the loss of more than a hundred jobs.

Tony Brown CEO of Beales said: “Beales is the largest independent market town department store group in the United Kingdom, owned by Andrew Perloff and his family interests.

“Working closely with Perth and Kinross Council we hope to get the store open by November.

“We recognise Perth to be one of the most innovative cities in Scotland with a great heritage and a forward thinking council.

“We are confident that Beales will be able to meet the needs of our new customers in Perth and surrounding area, continuing Perth’s tradition of offering all that is best from a local, independent department store.”

Councillor Ian Campbell, the leader of Perth and Kinross Council, has welcomed the move.

He said: “This is fantastic news for the city of Perth and the surrounding area.

“The former McEwens building is a flagship site in the city centre, and it will be great to see it coming back into use, particularly as home to an established independent business.

“The decision by Beales to make Perth the location for their first Scottish store is a ringing endorsement of our city as a place for business investment and growth, and I look forward to seeing them open their doors to new customers later in the year. 

Beales are based in Bournemouth and run 20 other stores.

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