Like many shopping streets up and down the land, Great Junction Street has been hit by the economic downturn. National chains like Blockbusters, Woolworth’s and Threshers have all folded, and whilst new independent traders have moved in to fill some of the vacant units – there’s also been a somewhat unwelcome upturn in pay day loan and pawn brokers in the area too.
Kezia Dugdale MSP is even using the fact that there are now nine payday loan companies within 20 minutes of each other at the bottom of Leith Walk as an example in her debt busters campaign, which calls for pay day loan firms to regulated more tightly.
But this week – some good news. Cancer Research UK have opened their first ever Scottish shop that specialises only in kid’s stuff.
The store was opened with donations from two children, Niamh (5) and Gabrial Falconer (8). Their mother Diane is a breast cancer survivor who took part in CRUK funded drug trial.
Cancer Research UK retail manager for Edinburgh, Michelle Muir, said: “We are very excited about the opening our first children’s emporium in Scotland.
“This is only the second shop of its kind in the UK and so it is very special indeed and I would hope the people of Leith and Edinburgh will come along and support us by either bagging a bargain or dropping in a donation.
“Every hour around three people are diagnosed with cancer in Scotland but the good news is that, thanks to research, survival rates are improving all the time.
“Cancer Research UK receives no government funding for its ground-breaking research but, with help from the people of Scotland, our scientists will work hard to bring forward the day when all cancers are cured.”
The new Cancer Research UK children’s emporium will open its doors Monday to Saturday, from 9am to 5pm.
To find out more about making a donation of good quality clothes, toys, DVDs, music or books, telephone the store on 0131 554 6292.
For health and safety reasons the shop cannot accept electrical items, prams, buggies and car seats.