Long established Glasgow candle makers Shearer has said there are "big plans" to expand the brand as it opened a new city centre store ahead of the lucrative Christmas shopping season.

The firm has opened at a prime spot in the St Enoch Centre, which is in the midst of a £40 million renovation project.

Established in 1897, Shearer holds the record as the UK’s longest established creator of lifestyle candles.

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Founders Mr Shearer and Mr Harvey initially worked in the Candleriggs area, one of Glasgow’s oldest streets, before opening their own factory on the city outskirts over 120 years ago.

When the last of the Shearers retired in 1972, the Barnet family took over and new owners Hayes & Finch Ltd took over the business in March.

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Hannah Gladman, marketing manager for Shearer said the new St Enoch store was "very much" part of a plan to expand the brand, which counts singer Ed Sheeran among its celebrity clientele. 

She said: “This is a brilliant opportunity for our candle brand to grow and to reach a new audience in such a prime location.

"At a time where the retail sector is suffering massive closures, we feel incredibly lucky to be expanding the retail side of our business.

"We have big plans to build the Shearer Candles brand up and down the country. The new store is just the start. We hope to open more stores and pop-ups in Glasgow and beyond moving forward.

"We’re investing a lot more into marketing our brand, with online search playing a big part in our strategy moving forward. But we’re not leaving traditional brand building methods behind.

"We also have big plans to enhance the support we provide to independent retailers stocking Shearer Candles across the country, assisting them with their visibility online, meaning wherever you are in the country, you can search and find a Shearer candle near you."

St Enoch Centre bosses have unveiled transformational plans for the mall over the next 15 to 20 years.

A newly revealed masterplan shows property developer Sovereign Centros is looking to create new shopping and leisure space; turn the former Debenhams building into offices; build a four star hotel; and build hundreds of flats.