The Edinburgh Woollen Mill was founded by Drew Stevenson in 1946 as the Langholm Dyeing and Finishing Company, undertaking the dyeing of yarn on a contract basis. The development into retailing began in 1970, when the Group opened its first shop in Randolph Place, Edinburgh. In 1972 the first store south of the border opened, appropriately enough at 81 English Street, Carlisle.
The company has grown substantially into being one of the best mid-market performers in the sector, delivering consistent growth. The company headquarters are in Langholm, approximately 25 miles drive from Carlisle, in Dumfries & Galloway.
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