Influencers Lunch with Barry Blamire, John Lewis

Wednesday 16 March | 1200 - 1400

This event is hosted by SCDI Member, the Sheraton Grand Hotel & Spa Edinburgh, and will not be recorded or live streamed.

Barry will discuss how the pandemic recovery could create an opportunity for a future in which Scotland’s cities will thrive, characterized by vibrant and distinctive office, cultural, retail and residential spaces.

He will outline the John Lewis renewed purpose and investment into the Edinburgh store regeneration at St James as a starting point for discussion, then take your questions.

Barry’s extensive wealth of knowledge of the city centre retail sector has been built over a 25-year career with John Lewis & Partners. Starting as a Graduate Section Manager, and working in several flagship city stores and Head Office roles in Newcastle, Manchester and London he is now Head of Branch in Edinburgh leading the store through the £1bn St James Quarter redevelopment.  The new quarter, anchored by John Lewis, is one of the UK’s largest private sector regeneration projects and includes over 850,000 sq ft of retail space, 35 food and beverage outlets, 2 hotels, a cinema and 160 residential units.

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