Jenners Department Store

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Jenners entrance on St Andrew Square
Venue details
Street
47-52 Princes Street
Postcode
EH2 2BY
Edinburgh Area
Telephone (info)
03439 092031
About the venue

Often dubbed the "Harrods of the North" this traditional department store on Princes Street is all about the retail "experience" rather than bagging the bargains.

Jenners Department Store (or more generally known simply as "Jenners") has been on Princes Street since 1838, when it was founded by linen draper Charles Jenner and Charles Kennington. It was known as "Kennington & Jenner". 

The famous landmark building that you currently find on Princes Street was a replacement for the original building destroyed by fire in 1892. It opened in 1895 with technical innovations like hydraulic lifts and electricity.

The Victorian department store was run for many years by the Douglas-Miller family, who were descendants of James Kennedy, who took charge of Jenners in 1881. The Douglas-Miller family sold the business to House of Fraser in 2005. The business is now owned by Sports Direct retailer Mike Ashley and the building's current owner is a property firm owned by Danish tycoon Anders Holch Povlsen and architect firm David Chipperfield Architects.

Jenners' open atrium over three floors, its balconies, and the architectural ornamentation and detail in its facade and interior harks back to a different era of bricks 'n' mortar shopping when you could find everything from office ware to habberdashery under the same roof. The food store on the top floor of the building - the original Victorian gallery - is a popular place for gifts and the cafe for cream teas.

At Christmas, Jenners is known for having a tall Christmas tree in the centre of the atrium, with the surrounding balconies draped in lights.

The Jenners building is a grade A listed building, with entrances at Princes Street, Rose Street and South St David Street.

Jenners moving

The drum-beat of online shopping and competition from nearby Harvey Nichols and John Lewis has caught up with the Edinburgh institution: Jenners is expected to move from its longtime location on Princes Street in 2020 or 2021, for a major conversion of the building from a retail store to a hotel, cafes, and rooftop restaurant and bar that will overlook St Andrew Square.

The store's owner has been rumoured to be looking to move Jenners to the new St James Centre.

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