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10 businesses our readers want to see come to Inverness high street

By Annabelle Gauntlett

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Our readers suggest some new business additions for Inverness High Street
Our readers suggest some new business additions for Inverness High Street

After the popular doughnut company, Krispy Kreme, announced that they were joining the city's high street, we asked our readers what other businesses they would like to see come to the city centre.

From international clothing empire, Zara, to Japanese inspired food franchise, Wagamama, it's fair to say that many locals are keen for more new businesses to be a part of Inverness.

Here are some popular businesses our readers have suggested should join Inverness high street.


First on the list is the popular worldwide affordable furniture store, IKEA.

The franchise is well known for it's aesthetic interior design ideas and affordable café which sells the legendary meatball meal deal.

2. Zara

In second place is highly sought-after fashion label Zara.

This fashion empire sets weekly clothing trends, breaks barriers within the competitive industry and sells high quality pieces.

3. Toby Carvery

Next on the list is the home of the roast, Toby Carvery.

Founded in 1985, this one of a kind chain never fails to serve the comfort of a roast dinner at an affordable price.

4. Build-A-Bear-Workshop

After many requests from parents, this teddy bear wonderland workshop has made fourth place on the list.

The shop is a haven for all kids, allowing them to build their own personalised cuddly toy. From the bears clothes to its registered passport name, this retail shop is a guaranteed fun-filled activity for any child on a rainy day.

5. Wagamama

This Japanese inspired restaurant is a highly admired global food chain.

Many Invernessians are keen to see the well known British restaurant chain, serving Asian food based on Japanese cuisine come to Inverness.

6. Selfridges

Selfridges is an upscale department store stocking designer and popular clothing brands plus housewares gifts.

The stores are well known for their luxurious multi-storey layout and one of a kind shopping experience.

7. TGI Friday

Thank God It's Friday (TGI Friday) is an American restaurant chain focussing on primarily American cuisine and casual dining.

Since the departure of Inverness's long-standing American diner, the Filling Station, locals seem keen for something of a similar brand to take its place.

8. Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters is a multinational lifestyle retail corporation that is dedicated to inspiring customers through a unique combination of product, creativity and cultural understanding.

This trendy retailer stocks fashion and home sense that is stylish and multi-generational. Lots of our readers have shown interest to bring the business to Inverness as many say the high street is in dire need of new clothing shops for ladies.

9. YO! Sushi

YO! Sushi is a chain of conveyor belt sushi restaurants which explore dishes made from the freshest ingredients, sustainably-sourced seafood and authentic products.

With only one Inverness sushi bar in the city centre, many people are keen to introduce another to the high street.

10. Costco

Last, but not least is Costco.

Costco wholesale offer deals on products and enjoy low warehouse prices on name-brand products online as well as in-store.

In addition to the listed franchises, many people have expressed interest in the city centre bringing in more local, independent businesses.

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