Jenners building owner launches probe after signs removed

The owner of Edinburgh’s Jenners building has begun an investigation after signs bearing its name were removed from the landmark shop.

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… removal of the signs was a breach of planning rules…

BBC News writes:

A spokesman for the Danish billionaire Anders Holch Povlsen, who owns the listed building, said they were “very surprised” the signs had been removed.

Frasers Group, which operates the store, has been asked for comment.

City of Edinburgh Council said it was also investigating whether the removal of the signs was a breach of planning rules “given the historical significance of the building”.

“We’ll take action if appropriate,” Neil Gardiner, the planning convener added.

image captionThe signs had been removed when this photograph was taken on Thursday

The Jenners building has occupied a prime location on Princes Street for 183 years.

It was bought by Mr Povlsen – who is one of Scotland’s biggest landowners – in 2017, reportedly for £53m.

The store is currently operated by the Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group, which owns the commercial rights to the Jenners trading name.

It said it would be quitting the site in May after the two sides were unable to come to an agreement.

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