The iconic building in Glasgow’s Buchanan Street has been purchased for £95m Sports Direct has vowed to create the "Harrods of the North" after clinching a £95million deal to buy Glasgow’s Frasers building in a move that saves 800 jobs.
The retailer said it will continue to operate the 350,000sq ft site in Buchanan Street as Frasers and will invest in the property to "further elevate and enhance this iconic department store".
Plans for its revamp are being driven by its House of Fraser brand, which itself was bought by Sports Direct after collapsing into administration in August.
The company said it is "great news" for the House of Fraser workforce, including the 800 in-store jobs it says have now been saved.
The site is being bought from Glasgow City Council, which is the administering authority for The Strathclyde Pension Fund.
The deal is set to be completed in January 2020.
House of Fraser said the "Harrods of the North" vision would be realised with the site continuing to host luxury brand names including Hermes, Christian Louboutin, Prada and Gucci.
Michael Murray, head of elevation at Sports Direct , said: "We are overwhelmed and proud to own such an iconic destination. Staff at the iconic House of Frasers store in Glasgow are "delgted" by the move (Image: House of Frasers) "Acquiring the freehold enables us to elevate and invest in the store in order to partner with a broad range of luxury brands in future.
"This is fantastic news for all parties."Alistair Johnston, General Manager at Frasers in Glasgow, said: "Everyone here is absolutely delighted."In what has been a challenging time across the whole of retail, it’s fantastic news for everyone, but in particular for our loyal staff and customers."This is the site of the first ever store to be opened by Hugh Fraser and James Arthur, the original founders of the business back in 1849."It’s great that we are now looking forward to an exciting future continuing as Scotland’s top department store."Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: "A major investment on this kind of scale is a clear vote of confidence in Glasgow, […]