Posts Tagged ‘Edinburgh


Everything’s rosy in garden as city builds on Square success

Published Date: 26 May 2008

Coffee Republic at McLeish, Edinburgh


Coffee by the canal as city’s vision of Venice takes shape

A NEW York-style delicatessen, a coffee shop and a chocolatier are to open in Fountainbridge, Edinburgh,  as the expansion of the city’s financial district continues.

Scottish deli firm McLeish Brothers and coffee chain Coffee Republic have secured the ground floor space at the £50 million Lochrin Square development. Chocolate retailer Thorntons will also set up a franchised shop.

The new retailers are expected to open at the former Scotmid headquarters in April, around the same time as Bank of Scotland Corporate moves into its new base on the site.

Business leaders today claimed the move would bring more of a “Venice lifestyle” to the canalside area around the former Fountain Brewery.

The Lochrin Square office development is now on the verge of full capacity, only four months after it was completed. David Robinson, development director at Gladedale Capital, which worked on the project as a joint venture with Scotmid, said: “McLeish Brothers will provide the perfect retail complement to the corporate tenants already at Lochrin Square.

“It’s a fantastic result to have the final space in No.1 Lochrin Square snapped up less than four months after practical completion.

Dundee-based McLeish Brothers is to take a 15-year lease, worth £90,000 a year, as it continues its Scottish expansion.

Coffee Republic announced its return to Scotland last year. It has an espresso bar at FountainPark and is planning a unit at St Andrews Square Gardens.

As well as HBoS, which recently leased 62,000 sq ft of space at No.1 Lochrin Square, legal firm Biggart Baillie LLP and financial services support company Watson Wyatt have also moved to the block.

Stanley Morrice, managing director of McLeish Brothers, said: “Lochrin Square is a marvellous development and its location as well as its quality, infrastructure and general spec, made it the ideal choice for us.”

The new deals were also welcomed by business leaders. Ron Hewitt, chief executive of the Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce, said:

“There is no doubt the rejuvenation of the Lochrin Basin is one of the most welcome developments in Edinburgh. It brings that Venice lifestyle that changes it from an undesirable nightspot to a place people want to be.


Coffee Republic signs franchise deal in Scotland

Coffee Republic has signed a franchise deal to open 25 outlets in Scotland by the end of next year, including its largest UK outlet to date.

The first site under the agreement with deli operator McLeish Brothers will open in Edinburgh before Christmas this year. Further sites are currently being reviewed in Glasgow and Dundee, according to Danny Anderson, Coffee Republic master franchisee for Scotland.

“One store will be in Silverburn, Glasgow, which will be one of Scotland’s largest shopping centres,” he said. “It will be the largest Coffee Republic store in the UK to date.

“There are a further five franchised stores in Scotland planned before the financial year end (30 March),” he added.

The Scotland deal is the eighth regional development franchise signed by the company this year as it transforms from an ownership to franchise model.