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Where are they now? - Goldbergs, Glasgow.

IT was once the place Scotland's shoppers went for everything they needed.

But now the name Goldbergs is just a reminder of a bygone golden age of shopping and its former Candleriggs address in Glasgow is set for a major redevelopment.

The company was originally set up by Pole Abraham Goldberg who, after settling in Glasgow, launched a one-man business in the Gorbals in 1908, mainly supplying textiles.

He moved to Candleriggs in the Twenties, building up a wholesale business with the help of his two sons Ephraim and Michael.

Goldberg and Sons was one of several warehouse-style outlets within the Merchant City, but became the largest and most successful.

The shop initially offered account- only shopping and was a place where ladies would dress up in their Sunday hats and coats to shop for fashions.

By the late Eighties, it had a chain of 135 outlets across Scotland and parts of England. Stores traded under the name of Goldberg, Wrygges, Schuh and Ted Baker.

The Candleriggs store was one of the first to offer lifestyle shopping, with live exotic birds on display and a goldfish pond so shoppers could enjoy the atmosphere.

As the company expanded, the Candleriggs store served as head office, housing the buyers and the board of directors.

The store was known as "the shop with no window" - proving that customers were not casual passers by, but were attracted to the Merchant City by what the store had to offer.

The company mounted a highly-successful ad campaign in the late Seventies - its "take me to Goldbergs" slogan becoming a local saying.

However, the company went into receivership in June 1990 after suffering losses of pounds 10million.

After lying empty for some time, the Goldbergs building in Candleriggs was eventually bought by Gerald and Vera Weisfeld who re-opened it as Weisfelds in 1995.

But then the Weisfelds store was closed and it again lay empty. Now there are plans to develop the site as part of a pounds 60million shopping and residential complex.

Developers Pathfinder say 600 jobs will be created by the shops, restaurants, bars and offices lined up.

Last October, part of the 200-year-old B-listed front of the building collapsed without warning. Now the developers need to obtain further planning permission to redevelop the part of the site which fell down.

But once they get the green light, it's expected work will take five years to complete the development of 50 shops and more than 350 one to three-bed apartments.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Aug 10, 2002
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