June opening for largest Next store

An artist's impression of the new Next store at Straiton

An artist's impression of the new Next store at Straiton

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Building work has begun on Scotland’s largest Next store ahead of its June opening at Straiton Retail Park, Loanhead.

The scheme will create 110 jobs for the local area and offer a range of ladieswear, menswear, home and children’s clothing, plus a click and collect service.

Developers have hailed the project as “transformational” and said it would provide a major economic boost to the region.

Mark Whittaker, group property director at Peel Land and Property, said: “The continued investment, development and focus on design progression at Straiton has enabled Peel and Next to exchange contracts to deliver what will become the largest Next store in Scotland.

“Peel has for the last five years been working hard on repositioning Straiton and we are delighted that we are now in a position to announce this truly transformational deal.”

Peel bosses said Next would occupy a fully refurbished and redeveloped store, the site of the former Homebase store. There will also be an overhaul of the Straiton Road frontage, with developers hoping this will enhance the visibility and prominence of the scheme.

Developers said the new project means Next will have increased its gross floor space at the retail park to 80,000sq ft over a three-year period. They said this was a sign of the growing appeal of Straiton, which attracts more than six million visitors a year.

Mr Whittaker said he was determined to secure further growth.