The Grand Opening of John Lewis Edinburgh

Photo:The front cover of the Gazette celevbrates the opening of John Lewis Edinburgh

The front cover of the Gazette celevbrates the opening of John Lewis Edinburgh

Photo:Customers begin to gather outside the brand new John Lewis Edinburgh

Customers begin to gather outside the brand new John Lewis Edinburgh

By Jonathan Blatchford

An ideal home

On Tuesday 7th August 1973, John Lewis Edinburgh finally opened its doors to the general public. The amalgamation of Silk Shop with John Lewis was now officially complete. As can be seen below, demand from the public was immediate! The St James centre had also opened, and it was immediately obvious that the centre was an ideal home for the Partnership.

A dream achieved

The Partnership had achieved one of its dreams, opening a fully functional department store in Scotland. This was a watershed moment. It proved that the Partnership could take their fully-fledged format to the most diverse of areas and triumph. Most importantly, John Lewis Edinburgh could be just the beginning. The success of this department store paved the way for proposals for a department store in Aberdeen, and later on in Glasgow.

This page was added by Jonathan Blatchford on 18/08/2014.

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