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BUSINESS: Set to thrive once again; Buildings famous with Glasgow shoppers are being transformed, as JOHN McEACHRAN discovers.

Byline: JOHN McEACHRAN

EVERY Saturday shoppers used to flock through the doors of Bremners and What Everyone Wants stores in Glasgow.

That was a fair few years ago now and since then the once prominent site of the stores in Glassford Street has changed dramatically.

The once thriving retail area got left behind as shopping centres sprang up - and both Bremners and What Everyone Wants closed down.

However, the steady stream of multi-million pound investments in the Merchant City have had a positive knock- on effect, transforming the whole area at the east end of Argyle Street.

And recent developments in Glassford Street have given it a new lease of life.

Now the Bremners and What Everyone Wants building is itself set to continue the changes which have already turned the Merchant City into one of Scotland's most sought after areas.

Now known as The Chrysalis Building, it is undergoing a massive transformation carried out by Lanarkshire-based developers Park Lane.

Joint managing director Sean Robinson said: "This is a tremendous opportunity for a business to take advantage of the huge surge of interest in the Merchant City both from business and home owners.

"There is no doubt the recent announcements by Selfridges, Ralph Lauren and other famous retailers to move into the area has further underlined the extent of the Merchant City's retail potential.

"The new owners or tenants at The Chrysalis will be in very good company with nearby occupiers which include Marks & Spencer, Peckham's and a large number of established independent retailers."

BEST known perhaps for luxury apartments in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Park Lane have already completed work on the upper floors of The Chrysalis.

Top quality residential apartments have been provided with spectacular rooftop views across the city from the windows of the seven-storey building.

And now their attention has been turned to the basement and ground floors on the corner of Glassford Street and Wilson Street.

Park Lane are turning the two floors into a large store suitable for retail or leisure use.

Available either for sale or let, the new premises will extend to 10,197 square feet and have rear service access.

Mr Robinson added: "It is due for completion in the summer of next year. Bringing this building back into use really is what everyone wants."
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Oct 21, 2002
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