The St James Shopping Centre is an early North American style shopping mall at the East end of Princes Street and top of Leith Walk. It is opposite the Vue Omni Cinema, by the busy Leith St road and St James roundabout.
The main draw here is the huge department store John Lewis. The St James Centre and nearby New St. Andrew's House, often dubbed "Edinburgh's Ugliest Building," are slated for demolition as part of an improvement of the city centre.
The 1.7 million sq ft city centre development will provide 850,000 sq ft of retail space, five star hotel accommodation and up to 250 new private residential apartments.
Construction is due to start in 2016 with the development projected to be complete by 2020.