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Taking Shape opens first Scottish store

Australian plus-size retailer Taking Shape has opened its first Scottish store in Aberdeen.

The business – which caters for women sized 14 to 26 – has taken a 10-year lease on the 3,700 sq ft former Austin Reed store at 253 Union Street.

Richard Noble, director of FG Burnett, which negotiated the lease, said: “It’s great to welcome a retailer of Taking Shape’s reputation to Aberdeen and it creates a feel-good factor on Union Street, which has seen a significant improvement in occupancy levels in recent months.”

Taking Shape first came to the UK in September 2013 and has 18 stores in England and Northern Ireland.

It is also stocked on House of Fraser’s online plus-size boutique, which launched in March, and trades through its own website. The site stocks dresses, leggings and tunics in bold prints, priced at between around £15 for a cotton nightgown to £110 for a wrap dress.

FG Burnett acted on behalf of local investor Craigellen Assets in negotiating the lease, while Culverwell acted for Taking Shape.

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