THE Edinburgh Woollen Mill is returning to Wells city centre following an absence of a few years.

The company is opening a new store at 9 High Street - three doors down from its previous store at 3 High Street, which closed down during the pandemic.

The expansion will bring "an array of employment opportunities and an exciting retail destination to the local community", according to a company spokesperson.

They added that Edinburgh Woollen Mill, a renowned British brand with a rich heritage, is thrilled to announce the opening of its newest store in the heart of Wells.

The new store will welcome its first customers on Thursday, February 15, and the retailer will celebrate its arrival with some fantastic giveaways.

To celebrate the milestone, staff will greet the first 20 customers who make a purchase in-store with an Edinburgh Woollen Mill goody bag, while prizes will also be hidden in the shop.

Kate Wasserman, area manager for the store, said: “We are excited to welcome visitors to our new store to explore our wonderful collections.

"It’s going to be a great addition to Wells and the local retail mix.”

Visitors to the new store can browse some of The Edinburgh Woollen Mill’s most sought after men’s and ladieswear collections, including Country Rose, Isle, Honor Millburn, James Pringle and PG Field, as well as a full range of gifts and accessories.

Edinburgh Woollen Mill was founded in 1946 as the Langholm Dyeing and Finishing Company Limited in the thriving mill town of the Scottish Borders and has since evolved into a household name with a portfolio of 200 stores nationwide.

The brand’s presence extends across high street, tourist and garden centre locations.

The company was bought out of administration by Purepay Retail after it collapsed in late 2020.