Silk Shop Edinburgh: Purchase

The acquisition of 15 new stores wby the the John Lewis Partnership, upon taking over the Selfridge Provincial Stores Group (SPS) in 1940,  gave the Partnership almost nationwide coverage. There were however a couple of noticeable exceptions. One of the biggest was a lack of presence in Scotland. This was rectified with purchase of the Silk Shop Limited, Frederick Street, Edinburgh in 1943.

After years of growth, space ran out at the shop. An extension of the premises in 1962, that had seen a 48.4% increase in selling space, was swallowed up by customer demand by the late 1960s, indicating how much of an Edinburgh institution it had become. The Partnership announced that a new department store was to be built in the St James Centre, Edinburgh. This new store would become John Lewis Edinburgh.

See also the Silk shop Edinburgh page.

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