Laing Edinburgh opens largest jewellery store outside London

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Images show father and son Michael Laing OBE , and Richard Laing , at the new Laing store which officially opened its doors in Edinburgh's George Street today.





LAING EDINBURGH SHINES BRIGHT WITH NEW £1.7M GEORGE STREET STORE
Laing Edinburgh becomes the largest jewellery store outside London

In a historic move for Scotland’s most prestigious and finest independent family jeweller, Michael Laing OBE, chairman of Laing Edinburgh today (Friday 18th December) fulfilled a lifelong dream as he officially opened the doors to a new £1.7m store on the capital city’s prestigious George Street.
The new three-story £1.7 million flagship store occupies the corner site at 72 George Street, which formerly housed Barclays Bank. This stunning building, which has benefited from over a million pound invested in its design and fit-out replaces Laing’s diamond and luxury watch store at 29 Frederick Street, which Michael has occupied since 1978. 
Destined to be a landmark on Scotland’s retail scene, the new store, alongside the adjacent office and workshops, makes Laing Edinburgh the largest jewellery store outside London, occupying 9,000sq ft.
The new store is beautifully decorated with a blend of traditional and contemporary feel. In addition to Laing’s fine diamond jewellery and luxury brands such as Astley Clarke, Rolex, Cartier, Jaeger le Coultre, Mikimoto and Marco Bicego, the outstanding 175th commemorative necklet will be on display here. 
Commenting on the official launch of the new showroom, Michael Laing OBE, said: 
“Today represents a significant milestone in our family history, opening such a magnificent store on Edinburgh’s George Street is the fulfilment of a lifelong dream and the culmination of months of work to get to this point. 
“We’d been looking for the right location for Laing on George Street for many years and when this prominent building came to market, we knew it was the right home for Laing. It’s a traditional Georgian building in a superb location and enjoys extensive window space so customers can more easily browse our luxury brands and diamond collections.
 “We’re extremely proud of our new luxury showroom it’s a true celebration of timeless beauty and craftsmanship blending contemporary design with the traditional splendour of the Georgian period. 
Laing Edinburgh commissioned Eric Young & Co, who have steered the property deal, alongside leading designers Skakel & Skakel.   
The new store is also home to Laing’s workshops and team of craftsmen and specialist designers as well as the service department, which caters to the city’s consistent demand for jewellery and watch repairs. 
The second Laing Edinburgh showroom at 25 Frederick Street – which offers luxury brands including Omega, Longines and Chopard – remains in its current location.
For more information, please visit www.laingedinburgh.com or call the new store on 0131 225 4513.
Notes to Editors: 
•	Laing was founded in 1840 as a manufacturer and repairer of clocks. The Company expanded into jewellery in 1850 and moved into retail in 1939. 

•	Michael Laing moved the company to Edinburgh in 1978 and opened its current showroom on Frederick Street. Richard Laing, Michael’s son, is also a director of the business and the sixth generation of the family to work in the trade. One of Scotland’s most trusted and respected jewellers, Laing is at the forefront of jewellery design and gemmology. Michael Laing is highly regarded as one of the country’s leading diamond specialists’ who, along with his son, hand-picks every diamond to guarantee the highest quality of stone. 

•	In 2013, Laing reported a 42% increase in profit breaking the £1m barrier. The growth of the business has continued, predominately driven by watch and diamond sales. A new e-commerce website was launched last year and there has been continued investment in people, training and IT.

•	In addition to its two branches in Edinburgh, the Laing family also owns two stores under the established and highly regarded Parkhouse brand established in 1794, one in Cardiff in Wales and one in Southampton, Hampshire. 

•	The move to the new store was in response to Edinburgh’s growing international tourist market, who have an eye for quality and character.

 


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Laing Edinburgh has opened the doors to a new £1.7 million store on the capital’s prestigious George Street.

The striking three-storey shop fulfils the lifelong dream of Laing Edinburgh’s chairman, Michael Laing OBE.

The flagship store occupies the corner site at 72 George Street, and replaces Laing Edinburgh’s diamond and luxury watch store at 29 Frederick Street, which the retailer had been in since 1978.

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The unveiling of the new landmark store now makes Laing Edinburgh the largest jewellery store outside London, occupying 9,000sq ft.

Luxury jewellery brands including Astley Clarke and Marco Bicego will be on display at the store, which aptly has been opened in the year that Laing Edinburgh celebrates its 175th anniversary.

“Today represents a significant milestone in our family history, opening such a magnificent store on Edinburgh’s George Street is the fulfilment of a lifelong dream and the culmination of months of work to get to this point,” commented Laing.

He concluded: “We’d been looking for the right location for Laing on George Street for many years and when this prominent building came to market, we knew it was the right home for Laing. It’s a traditional Georgian building in a superb location and enjoys extensive window space so customers can more easily browse our luxury brands and diamond collections.

“We’re extremely proud of our new luxury showroom it’s a true celebration of timeless beauty and craftsmanship blending contemporary design with the traditional splendour of the Georgian period.”

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