The shopping mall was originally an American concept. Large complexes with a variety of shopping, eating and leisure opportunities sprang up all over the states during the 1950s. It wasn’t long before the UK followed suit, although Edinburgh was a little behind the trend with most of the space in the city center already in service.
In the 1970s the old Scottish Government building at the end of Princes Street was adapted to form the St James Center. Although the building itself is rather uninspiring, the St James Center has remained very popular, in part because it curls around the well-loved department store John Lewis.
Over the years small shopping centers began to spring up outside the congested city center. A new development in the 1980s and 1990s saw large retail parks appear around the outskirts of the city, particularly at Fort Kinnaird which boasts an impressive range of shops and services and its own cinema. With more space to expand, and almost unlimited free parking, the larger brands jumped at the chance to show their wares to an enthusiastic public. Meanwhile the largest covered shopping center Edinburgh had ever seen was constructed at the Gyle.
Whether you are looking for home furnishings, electrical goods, stylish clothing, or pet supplies you will find exactly what you are looking for in one of the shopping malls or retail parks in our list. Happy shopping!
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