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Jenners Department Store, Edinburgh

post updated 23 May 2022

Luxury Scottish Department Store, Princes St, Edinburgh, Scotland

Jenners began life as a shop at 47 Princes Street in 1838 and is Edinburgh’s most famous Department Store

Address: Jenners Department Store, 48 Princes Street, Edinburgh

Contact Jenners Department Store: 0131 225 2442
Date built: 1893-95
Architect: Beattie
Location: Princes St, New Town

Jenners Edinburgh Jenners Scotland
photos © Adrian Welch

Charles Jenner’s will bequeathed £8,000 towards external building decorations including the provision of caryatides (Grecian feminine figures carved into columns) symbolising that women were the foundation of this retail business.

The old Edinburgh Stock Exchange is bought in 1903 and rebuilt as part of the store, extending it up to Rose Street.

The Jenners store underwent further extension in 1922, taking the frontage to 52 Princes Street.

In 1962 the property on the south side of Rose Street was demolished, including the notorious Crane’s Bar, and a modern building erected on the site.

A refurbishment programme occurred in 2002 culminating in the unveiling of new windows along Princes Street, returned to the 1895 design.

Store address: 48 Princes Street, Edinburgh

Jenners Scotland Jenners Department Store Edinburgh
photos © Adrian Welch

Contact this Edinburgh Department Store: Phone +44 (0)131 225 2442 fax +44 (0)131 260 2240

Check with the Department Store operators re store opening times, at time of writing as follows:

Mon 9am – 6pm
Tue 9.30am – 6pm
Wed 9am – 6pm
Thu 9am – 8pm
Fri 9am – 6pm
Sat 9am – 6pm
Sun 11am – 5pm

On-street parking is available on George Street and surrounding streets for an hour at a time, by paying into parking meters.

There are (at time of writing) two other Jenners stores in Scotland, at

– Loch Lomond Shores, Ben Lomond Way, Balloch, Dunbartonshire: +44 (0)1389 722200

– Glasgow Airport: +44 (0)141 848 4662

Jenners Edinburgh Shop Refurbishment
In Aug 2002 the old windows & entry were significantly improved. The architects for this building renewal were Michael Laird Architects, Forres Street, New Town.

15 Apr 2014

The Princes Street landmark has been majority-owned by the Chinese conglomerate Sanpower, which completed a £480 million deal for 89% of parent company House of Fraser, reports The Scotsman.

The much-publicised takeover contrasts sharply to Jenners’ humble origins, which owe as much to chance as business acumen.

The oldest independent department store in the world is an unfaltering symbol of Edinburgh.

With a sister outlet a few hundred yards away, experts say the logical strategy may be to contract to rather than compete.

House of Fraser acquired the Princes Street landmark almost a decade ago, joining a billion-pound franchise.

The family heirloom of 167 years was entered into the corporate world and the FTSE index.

Sanpower has indicated that it is considering bringing House of Fraser to China – a lucrative market – one that has proved difficult for UK retailers to crack.


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