Whilst there were some people who were somewhat disappointed to learn that that “the major new retailer” that Leithers were promised for the old Woolworths site at the Foot of the Walk has turned out to be another charity shop, residents will be pleased to learn that a series of shop fronts near the Foot of the Walk are to be upgraded, thanks to grant funding from the Leith Townscape Heritage Iniitiative.[googlemaps https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=embed&hl=en&geocode=&q=Duke+Street,+Edinburgh&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=16.450021,43.549805&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Duke+St,+Edinburgh,+City+of+Edinburgh+EH6+8,+United+Kingdom&layer=c&cbll=55.970815,-3.171116&panoid=bg3CBp3ncSVE2eY-j7DqBQ&cbp=13,165.08,,0,-3.48&ll=55.964648,-3.171101&spn=0.021618,0.049782&z=14&output=svembed&w=580&h=450]
Planning applications have been lodged for improvements to numbers 7B, 9A and 11 Duke Street, and around the corner on Constitution Street, numbers 177, 179 and 181 are also set to benefit. The scheme will see some of the more garish signage removed, and a more consistent look applied to the shops, with more of the original stonework revealed.
All the shops appear to be owned by the same company, NWG Investments Ltd, and are basically part of the same listed building.