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Vacant Elgin Shoezone building sold to ‘sustainability-focused’ firm


By Lewis McBlane

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THE empty Shoezone building on Elgin High Street has been purchased after spending more than a year vacant.

The two-storey building's sale could be a boost for the High Street...Picture: CCL Property
The two-storey building's sale could be a boost for the High Street...Picture: CCL Property

Previously a Boots store, the two-storey site at 134 High Street has been bought by Blue Carbon Solutions Limited, an Edinburgh-based firm.

Commercial director at CCL Property David Pickering, who marketed the property, said the sale was a vote of confidence in the town centre.

He said: "It's great to see another empty unit being brought back to life.

“We are witnessing a much greater interest in the high street and know there are some more exciting developments in the pipeline."

The property, which has a total area of 364 square metres, features a Renaissance façade dating back to around 1840.

Previous retail space within 134 High Street…Picture: CCL Property
Previous retail space within 134 High Street…Picture: CCL Property

Along with previous retail spaces on the ground and first floor, there are two other floors with rooms suited to either storeroom or office use.

According to Mr Pickering, the sale shows that businesses are keen to move into town centre premises.

"This sale is part of a broader trend we're observing," he added.

"There's renewed interest in high street properties, particularly from innovative companies looking to establish a presence in traditional town centres while pursuing modern, sustainable business models."

Blue Carbon Solutions Limited was incorporated on April 24, 2024, according to Companies House.

Previous retail space at the old Shoezone in Elgin...Picture: CCL Property
Previous retail space at the old Shoezone in Elgin...Picture: CCL Property

Mr Pickering described the firm as a “sustainability-focused company” which is part of the Carbon Zero Group.

He said: “Blue Carbon Solutions Limited have exciting plans for the property, including the implementation of marine sustainability projects and community development initiatives.

“This aligns well with the ongoing efforts to rejuvenate Elgin's town centre and create a vibrant, diverse high street experience.”

CCL Property played a “crucial role” in arranging the deal, Mr Pickering added.

“We believe that this sale marks the beginning of a new chapter for Elgin's town centre, combining heritage preservation with innovative, sustainable business practices.”

The firm were named Scotland’s top estate agents last year, and also brokered plans for a convenience store to move into a previously-empty Forres garage.


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