Frasers building to be turned into whisky visitor centre
Johnnie Walker plans to open the £150m attraction in Princes Street, Edinburgh.
A former House of Fraser building in Edinburgh is set to be turned into a Johnnie Walker visitor centre.
If the £150m proposals are given the go-ahead, the whisky attraction could create 180 jobs in the capital.
A planning application to transform the seven-storey building has now been submitted by Edinburgh City Council and Johnnie Walker owner Diageo.
The famous clock on the corner of Princes Street and Hope Street would be restored under the proposals.
David Cutter, chairman of Diageo in Scotland, said: "We are incredibly excited to be able to submit our plans for the Johnnie Walker visitor experience in Edinburgh.
"The location is one of Edinburgh's most exceptional landmark buildings and we plan to restore it to its former glory as a cornerstone of the city and a thriving part of its cultural and social life."
Diageo said it was transforming its existing 12 distillery visitor attractions across Scotland and investing £35m to reopen distilleries in Port Ellen and Brora.
Whisky from Diageo's distilleries all over Scotland contribute to Johnnie Walker, but four distilleries, Glenkinchie, Cardhu, Caol Ila and Clynelish, will be linked directly to the Johnnie Walker venue in Edinburgh.
The branch of House of Fraser closed in September after the chain was taken over by Sports Direct owner Mike Ashley.