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UK extension plans for Scotland's Attic

Young fashion independent Attic is on course to expand beyond its two shops in Scotland, with another five UK stores planned in the next five years.

In September Attic will double the size of its flagship at the Academy Centre in Aberdeen, adding a further two units. The floorspace will grow to 3,500sq ft.

Managing director Craig McLaughlin said the business, which sells men's and women's brands including G-Star, Duffer of St George, Diesel and Replay, also had the potential to open more stores in other major cities. He said it would also add more niche brands such as Uarm, Grn Apple Tree, Lost Souls and Tsubi.

"We will be going less mainstream to avoid competition with the multiples," said McLaughlin. "We are also trying to work with companies who are willing to support good independents, rather than chase our money."

The expanded Aberdeen branch will feature a custom-made, wooden 'Jenga' display system, designed to show off the building's original features.

There will also be dedicated male and female departments and a directional area that will include limited editions and collaborations with brands.

The store will also feature floating mannequins to display the full range of fits and washes from its premium denim offer.

Attic, which was set up in 2001 by brothers Richard and Craig McLaughlin, has a second store in Inverurie.

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