“ Located on the corner between Princes Street and St Andrew's Square in the New Town, Jenners is often referred to as the "Harrods of Scotland". „
Jenners is a huge department store in the centre of edinburgh, on princess street. It has something for everyone! It has a culinary department, mens wear, womens wear, children's clothing, toys, jewellery, make-up and much more! The toy departmetn (hamleys) is a hit for all children and some of the toys are really unique and differnet and it really makes a special present as it is gaurunteed to make the child smile. As for clothing there are many good brand names such as miss sixty, warehouse, ted baker, jane norman and much much more! The jewlerry also makes a good present and can be sutied to jsut about everyone as there is something there to meet everyones taste. I would totally recomend visting this store if you want to find everything under the sun in one place!! This shop is good for day to day wear but also for more special thigns such as presnts and gifts.
I'm afraid that having read the other review of Jenners, things have changed. Jenners was bought by House of Fraser and there is now nothing special about this once great store.
Jenners is now just like any other House of Fraser store, one with the labyrinthine layout of the old Jenners. What we indeed now have is a store that is almost impossible to navigate and that is filled with some of Scotland's rudest staff.
My last visit to Jenners was typified by several members of staff abruptly telling me that they did not know where I would find certain items and I should just wander around until I found the department I needed. While I do not hold the staff themselves responsible (I have worked in a department store when I was a student and I know how large they can be and how everything moves every ten minutes) I do hold the management responsible for the store's many failings.
New departments have opened within the store, including Hamley's toy store in the basement but unfortunately this also failed to live up to the hype. There is an air of something among the staff in Jenners that suggests that they cannot be bothered to help anyone and asking them a question always seems to be a big chore.
It saddens me to have to review this once great store in such a way. The building is a true Edinburgh landmark and forms one of the central pieces of Princes Street, the main shopping street in Edinburgh. I think however, the purchase of Jenners by House of Fraser has taken away everything that was special and different about Jenners. There is now nothing sold in Jenners that cannot be bought elsewhere in the city - and probably at a lower price. The only reason to go into Jenners now is as a tourist attraction. Even the tourist souvenirs can be bought a few stores along Princes Street though, so once you have had a look around, head further down the street and buy the souvenirs at a fraction of the price.
I hope things look up for this store in the future, I really do. It is a shame to see it as a shadow of its former self but I am afraid that is what it has become.
Edinburgh used to be well provided for in the department store department, but these days they are a little thinner on the ground. You would never guess to look at me, but I'm old enough to remember the days when stores such as Binns, PT's, RW Forsyth and Goldberg's, to name just a few, were still doing a roaring trade. One store that is still going strong however, is JENNERS, an Edinburgh institution. With it's neo-Gothic facade and it's location, directly opposite the Scott Monument, you just can't miss it. Luckily, for those who've had difficulty in spotting it, there's an optician in-house! JENNERS is the oldest independent department store in the world, having occupied its original location on Princes Street, Edinburgh, since 1838. It is home to well over 100 different departments, which sell everything from international designer fashion to locally produced Scottish crafts. * A SHORT HISTORY * Charles Jenner and Charles Kennington were sacked after they skipped work to attend Musselburgh Races, so they decided to set up their own drapery store. On 1st May 1838, 'Kennington & Jenner' open their doors for business. By 1890, Charles Jenner & Co. expanded on Princes St and also occupied nos 2-16 South St. David’s Street. The store was by then the largest retail shop in Scotland. On 26th November 1892, a fire destroyed the store. The building and all its contents were destroyed but the Jenners factory on neighbouring Rose Street was adapted into a temporary store. The new store was formally re-opened on 8th March 1895 and was well ahead of its time with electrical lighting, hydraulic lifts and air conditioning. Throughout the 20th century, Jenners continued to be the prime department store in Edinburgh with continual modernisation and enlargements helping it to maintain this position. In 2002, Jenners opened a new store at Loch Lomond Shores, the gate
way to Scotland's first National Park. They also operate an outlet at Edinburgh Airport. For a more detailed history and more information, including online shopping, go to: http://www.jenners.com Jenners is a veritable Aladdin's cave with a basement, lower ground floor, ground floor and mezzanine level and a further 6 floors of shopping opportunities. Because of it's lay-out, it can be easy to lose your way around the different departments but every turn unfolds new delights. From the basement - where you will find one of the best toy departments anywhere - up through the levels of everyday items, designer wear, exclusive beauty products, luxury goods, gifts and home furnishings etc., to the food hall - where they stock some of the finest gourmet lines, from the most expensive caviar to bread freshly baked on site, you can find just about anything your heart (or palate) desires. Christmas is probably the best time to visit as their displays are second to none. In the main hall, which is in the style of an open courtyard with 4 floors of balconies surrounding the glass-roofed emporium, stands a huge Christmas tree with all the attendant decorations adding up to a truly seasonal scene. Of course, it's not a cheap shop, so don't go there expecting any cut-price bargains. Having said that, I don't think you'll find other shops selling equivalent merchandise to be any less expensive. They don't overcharge, it's more of a case that they tend to stock items from the higher end of the market. Jenners has been called the Harrods of Scotland. I wouldn't know about that, but I do know that, unlike Al Fayed's little concern, or as I like to call it, the Jenners of England, I've never heard of anybody being refused entry because of the way they are dressed. You don't have to be rich to shop here, and they've even been known to let a sc
ruffy none ntity such as myself breeze through and give Mr Visa a severe workout. A frightening thing occurred to me in Jenners just a few weeks ago. I was perusing the department where they stock collectables and crystal and such, hoping something tasteful (and yet affordable) would catch my eye - a bauble or two for the most beautiful woman on Earth (and maybe something for Mrs P as well!) As you can imagine, there are some expensive goodies on display, you know the sort of thing, ashtrays that cost a weeks wages; arty, sculpture thingys; jewel encrusted whatnots and lots of stuff without price-tags....if you have to ask the price, you can't afford it. I was calmly going about my business when a woman stepped backwards and dug her heel into my foot causing me to momentarily lose my balance and dive headlong, grabbing fresh air. For what seemed an eternity, but was in fact no more than a split-second, my whole financial future passed before me. Luckily no damage was done but believe me, the crystal and fine china dept. of Jenners is NOT the place to wildly thrash around in. That finished me off as far as shopping was concerned and I was in need of an immediate frothy brew to steady my nerves. As luck would have it, leaving the rear entrance of Jenners and just a very short walk along Rose St. brings you to the Rose St. Brewery. (I remember the Saturday afternoon Jazz sessions here when it was the White Cockade) They brew their own beer on the premises and serve a very nice 80/- called Auld Reekie which.....but that's another story..... Thanks for reading ©proxam2002
Jenners is Edinburgh's leading department store. A long established landmark of Princes Street, Auld Reekies main shopping thoroughfare, the store is the worlds oldest independent department store, and in my opinion one of the best in the UK. The store stocks a wide variety of goods in over 100 departments. With everything you would expect from kitchenware, right through to cutting edge designer menswear, the store is very handy if you want something in a rush. Contrary to popular opinion, Jenners isn't that expensive - I'd certainly say that it is no more expensive than other stores, and can be cheaper. Jenners does get a bit of a reputation as being a "top peoples store". I've held an account at the store for years and consider this to be rubbish. They just offer a very high quality of service. Great buys instore include almost anything from the foodhall, which stocks lots of niche products, including handmade sausages from a wee butcher in the borders - v. tasty! They also have great deals on wine - I've quite often found Jenners to be selling KWV wines for £3 a bottle, compared to £6 in Threshers or Bottoms Up. Their close connections with the importers and vineyards allow them to do this. Many people say that Jenners is the Harrods of the North. Frankly I think that does a dis-service to Jenners! Jenners has much more class (it's soooo less tacky!) Christmas is the best time to visit Jenners - The store really goes to town with a huge tree (about 30feet high - god knows how they get it into the store), and great decorations everywhere). Also the toy department is fantastic - if you can't find something elsewhere - try Jenners! Finally get a storecard - you'll get free delivery of goods within Edinburgh, discounts on goods, free clothes alterations and invitations to account evenings etc!