Rankins' Flowers and Fruit - New shop at 80 Princes Street Edinburgh  - Exterior
Rankins' Flowers and Fruit - New shop at 80 Princes Street Edinburgh - Exterior

In pictures: Legendary greengrocers Rankins of Edinburgh remembered

Established at the end of the Edwardian era, family-run fruit and flowers specialists Rankin’s flourished to become an Edinburgh institution.

By David Mclean
Monday, 25th May 2020, 4:30 pm
Updated Monday, 25th May 2020, 8:31 pm

A byword for quality, the Rankin brand sold a mixture of home-grown produce and exotic items imported from the far flung corners of the globe.With branches in Princes Street, the West End, Tollcross, Leith, Corstorphine, and as far afield as Musselburgh, their shops were absolutely everywhere in the Capital in the 1950s and ‘60s, before a rise in car ownership and supermarkets saw profits suffer towards the end of the century.

The business was sold in 1985, but memories of the famous greengrocer chain remain strong in Edinburgh to this day.

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