Johnnie Walker Princes Street has revealed details and design images of the experiential whisky retail concept aimed at bringing "vibrant new life to Edinburgh’s most famous shopping thoroughfare".  

The Johnnie Walker retail store will be located on the ground floor of the eight-floor visitor experience, with a shop front on the corner of Princes Street and Hope Street.

The retail space will offer limited edition bottlings, exclusive liquids, merchandise and a personalisation custom studio.

However, it is claimed it also goes beyond traditional retail, using visual theatre and storytelling to "take shoppers on an immersive journey into the world of Johnnie Walker and whisky".

Welcoming walk-in high street customers as well as visitors who take a tour of the whisky experience, shoppers can customise their bottles with engraving and bespoke label printing services at the personalisation area, the firm said. Guests will also be able to bottle their own exclusive liquid only available at the Edinburgh shop.

The Herald: Inside and outside of the Johnny Walker attraction.Inside and outside of the Johnny Walker attraction.

The "experiential store caters to whisky connoisseurs and novices alike", with staff on hand to give expert advice as well as a unique interactive flavour activity which matches customer’s preferred tastes and scents to their perfect whisky profile.

Enthusiasts can explore and shop an incredible range of rare and exceptional whiskies as part of its whisky treasure chamber, featuring bottlings from Johnnie Walker’s Four Corner distilleries – Glenkinchie, Cardhu, Caol Ila and Clynelish – as well as Diageo’s wide range of whiskies.

As well as offering an incredible selection of whisky, Johnnie Walker Princes Street will offer shoppers a range of store-exclusive branded garments and accessories, such as sustainably sourced clothing, home accessories, and bar tools, as part of its lifestyle boutique. Customers will also be able to shop highball ingredients and cocktail kits to create their favourite Johnnie Walker serves at home.

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The modern multi-sensory store was designed in partnership with London-based brand innovation studio, Dalziel & Pow, who have worked with Diageo to develop the whisky emporium’s interactive retail concept.

Greg Klingaman, Diageo’s global retail director, said: “At Johnnie Walker Princes Street, we want our visitors to begin their immersive storytelling experience from the moment they walk through our doors. Our whisky emporium will be the first and last point of their journey with us, which is why we’ve taken so much care and attention to the design of the space. This is whisky retail like you’ve never seen it before, and we can’t wait to share it with our visitors once we open the doors.”

The building at the heart of Edinburgh city centre which Johnnie Walker Princes Street now calls home, has housed retail for almost 100 years, such as department stores Binns and House of Frasers, and the famous corner’s retail legacy will continue through the whisky emporium.

As part of the new whisky attraction, Johnnie Walker also welcomes new retail manager Alan Thomlinson, who’ll bring his 25-year management experience from House of Fraser’s Jenners and West End stores to the modern establishment.

Mr Thomlinson said: “The concept for the Johnnie Walker Princes Street whisky emporium is exactly what Edinburgh and the high street needs, that brings together a world-class shopping experience in an experiential format, and I’m ecstatic to be coming on board as the retail manager for this incredible space.”

Johnnie Walker Princes Street will take visitors on a journey through the brand’s "iconic history as well as featuring modern sensory tasting rooms, personalised tour and tasting experiences, live performance areas and rooftop bars".

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