Scottish young fashion independent Attic has opened a third store, in Inverness.
The first Attic store opened in Aberdeen 10 years ago, followed by a second in Inverurie in 2005. Attic’s new 3,000 sq ft store, which opened at the end of August, is on the ground floor of Inverness’s Eastgate Centre.
Attic co-owner Richard McLaughlin said a third store had been planned for a while. The business could eventually increase its retail portfolio to half a dozen stores, he added.
McLaughlin said the shopfit was a move on from the revamped look first trialled at its Aberdeen store in 2007. He described it as “very open and quite industrial”, with wooden fixtures. Six members of staff have been recruited for the new store.
The brands stocked in the Inverness store are similar to those in Attic’s other two branches. Key brands are Lyle & Scott, Barbour and Aigle, with other brands including Carhartt, Farah and Adidas Originals.
McLaughlin was positive about recent trade and said sales at the Aberdeen and Inverurie stores were up 18% so far year on year.
“In general, these past couple of months have been good,” he said. “We’ve seen huge online growth.”
He added that focusing on relationships with key brands had been integral to the store’s success.