The last few years have seen the Scottish high street face huge challenges. Throughout 2017 alone more than 290 stores closed their doors for the final time with only 142 stores opening during the same period. Scottish based retailer Time & Tide, is one such bsuiness which is bucking that national downward trend in high street retailing after opening their seventh high street store. The succesful company was launched in 2009 and it has outlets in North Berwick, Peebles, Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as a thriving online shop.
Their St George’s Cross premises, opened late in 2017 is based in Glasgow’s main furniture and furnishings district. It's their seventh store and it's three times larger than any of their others. Cleverly, it's been designed to satisfy the increasing demand for unique and antique-style furniture. While a report from Local Data Company (LDC) recently found that Scotland recorded the highest number of unoccupied retail units in the UK – an increase for the first time in five years – Time & Tide represent the growing number of businesses investing in the high street.
Jasmyn Hunter , E-commerce and Marketing Manager spoke about the new store recently. She said, “We saw a great space available, which is now the site of our St Georges Place store, which we felt would allow us not only to display our interior product, but to create an inspiring interior setting with the drama to justify the building and location. We already have a large following and loyal customer base in the West End of Glasgow due to our Byres Road site and, as such, the new venture allowed us to capitalise and build on these existing relationships.”
The latest opening has very much been styled to create a positive experience for the shopper and has the modern day shopper in mind. Jasmyn enthused, “We still believe that, particularly on interior product, plenty of people still want to see, experience and be inspired by a physical store location where they can interact with product and person. However, it would be incorrect to assume that this is the only means to trade. The real war on the high street is finding the balance of bricks and clicks and being proactive and open to the changing environment. This, for us, means servicing all of our customers in the location which is most convenient for them – be it in one of our beautiful stores or the comfort of their home.”
"Plenty of people still want to see, experience and be inspired by a physical store"
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