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Edinburgh World Heritage to restore its 50th historic shopfront

Edinburgh World Heritage today announced plans for the restoration of its 50th historic shopfront at the Khukuri Nepalese restaurant in West Maitland Street.

Apr 5, 2016

Previous areas of the city to benefit from the restoration work have included the Grassmarket, Royal Mile Mansions and East Norton Place.

West Maitland Street is an important approach to the city from the west with many early and mid-19th century shopfronts. However, the area has experienced several years of unstable trading, which shop owners attribute to the tram work and parking restrictions. As a result, the overall look of the street and of the individual shop units has suffered.

The improvements to West Maitland Street form part of a broader plan for the area including the new Haymarket station, completed in 2015, and the Haymarket commercial development, a joint venture between Interserve and Tiger Developments.

Adam Wilkinson, Director of Edinburgh World Heritage commented: ‘We expect these shopfront restorations to give a real boost to local business owners. Our research indicates that this work not only makes our streets more enjoyable for people to stroll down but also increases customer footfall and the turnover for the businesses’.

Councillor Gavin Barrie, Convenor of the Economy Committee commented: ‘This is an important milestone for Edinburgh World Heritage and for the city. Street by street, this crucial work is helping to make the city more attractive as well as supporting the local economy’.

Bimal Giri, manager of Khukuri Nepalese restaurant said: ‘I’m so pleased that Edinburgh World Heritage is helping to improve the appearance of the street and of my business’s shopfront. The last few years have been difficult for many of us, but with these improvements we can look forward to better times ahead’.

Image: A selection of shopfronts restored by Edinburgh World Heritage: (left to right) Mother India – Infirmary Street, Clarksons – West Bow, Hawico - Grassmarket, Le Marche – West Maitland Street, Royal Mile Mansions, Odyssey Boutique – William Street, Poundsavers – Nicolson Street. Photography: Jonathon Fowler

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