Jenners to be returned to “former glory”.

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Former Edinburgh department store Jenners is set to be returned to its “former glory” and will reopen as a luxury hotel complete with a rooftop bar after plans were given the go ahead by councillors.

Plans went to Edinburgh City Council’s Development Management Sub-Committee for final approval on Wednesday and councillors unanimously granted permission for the works as well as change of use and listed building consent.

Iconic key aspects of the original Jenners store will be kept in place such as the central atrium and the outside signage.  However, the building will have to undergo significant alterations as it turns into a boutique 96-bedroom hotel on the upper floors. A new seventh floor will be added to the extension on the corner of South St David Street and Rose Street which will become a gym and roof terrace bar.

The news that will please shoppers is that the lower section will remain in traditional use with retail spaces and food and drink outlets from the basement to the first floor.

The Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen, the new owner purchased the building from the Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group in 2017. The restoration is expected to take around four years.

The new owners said they felt a “moral obligation” to restore the building to its former glory and honour its history and tradition.

Written by: Jill McLaren

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