United Kingdom
Location of affected unit(s)
Perth, Oban and Ballater
Retail Trade, Except Of Motor Vehicles And Motorcycles
Retail Sale In Non-Specialised Stores
47.1 - Retail sale in non-specialised stores

110 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
24 March 2016
Employment effect (start)
24 March 2016
Foreseen end date
30 June 2016


Scottish department store chain McEwens of Perth will close, resulting in the loss of 110 jobs. The affected employees were based in two stores located in Perth as well as smaller stores in Ballater in Aberdeenshire and Oban in Argyll and Bute. The smaller stores located in Ballator and Oban have been closed while the flagship store in Perth will remain open for a short time while administrators attempt to sell off remaining stock. As a consequence, 64 staff were immediately made redundant, while the remaining 46 will go once the administrators finalise the winding-up of the business. The business was placed in the hands of administrators after failing to find investors or partners to buy into the business. The firm was once Scotland’s largest independent and family-run department store, having begun first trading in 1868. 


  • 24 March 2016: The Courier
  • 24 March 2016: The Scotsman
  • 24 March 2016: BBC News Scotland


Eurofound (2016), McEwens of Perth, Closure in United Kingdom, factsheet number 86873, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/86873.