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11 lost Edinburgh department stores that are gone but not forgotten

They were the great temples to shopping, offering customers a multitude of wares and all the latest brands on every floor.

Monday, 26th October 2020, 4:45 pm

Long before the creation of the vast out-of-town shopping centres and the birth of the internet, the department store was king.

Post-war Edinburgh boasted a long list of different department stores within a mile’s radius of the Castle.

Princes Street, Lothian Road and the Bridges were home to several, including Binns, Smalls, R W Forsyth, Patrick Thomson and Peter Allan.

Many of the big stores had thrived since the Victorian and Edwardian eras, but gradually began to close one by one over the course of the 20th century as shopping trends shifted.

We take a look at 11 long lost Edinburgh department stores that are gone but not forgotten.

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