Following a successful year’s trading, Scottish footwear company Schuh has announced plans to open a store in the West of Edinburgh.

The company, which was founded in Edinburgh in 1981 and acquired by US retail giant Genesco in June 2011, recorded sales of £233m for the 12 months to the end of January 2013 – an increase of 18% on a like for like basis.

Having opened 16 new stores over the course of the year, Schuh has now announced the creation of eight outlets in the coming months – one of which will be in the Gyle Shopping Centre.  

This new opening will take the company’s total number of Scottish shops to 12.

“Performance in the second year of Genesco ownership has flourished, and we have significantly expanded our store estate,” said Schuh finance director, Mark Crutchley.

Located at South Gyle Broadway, the Gyle Shopping Centre is just minutes from the City Bypass, the M8 and the M9, and offers 2,500 free parking spaces for shoppers.

Lindsey Sibbald, Senior Economic Development Officer, Business Partnerships at City of Edinburgh Council commented:

“To be able to welcome a well-known and successful brand such as Schuh, is a real boost to the Gyle Shopping Centre.  Shoppers visiting the West of the City already have a variety of choice, but the announcement of this new store opening can only help to enhance visitors’ experience of the Centre.”

‘Connect West Edinburgh’ is a joint initiative between the City of Edinburgh Council and property agents, which promotes available office space in ten business parks across the West of the city, and promotes news about the area. 

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