Ali Black is hanging up his office keys, and the space that his shop Shapes has occupied in South Queensferry at Port Edgar Marina is on the market for a new occupier.

The prime 6,000 square feet will be available from March 2020 through retail and leisure property specialists Culverwell. The retail warehouse is next to marina shop Beacon, Scott’s restaurant and Scotland’s largest watersports centre, Port Edgar Watersports.

Home to the Shapes furniture showroom since November 2017, owner Ali Black has decided to retire in February 2020, creating an opportunity for a new tenant to take over. It is an open plan space which can be sub-divided to create two units and has space to install a mezzanine floor.

It really is a blank canvas with the potential to be used for a variety of purposes and Culverwell have suggested retail or brewing and distilling.

The marina was established in 1978 by the former Lothian Regional Council, and has become a thriving destination since it was taken over in 2014 by Port Edgar Holdings Ltd, run by husband and wife team Russell and Cara Aitken.

Located on the Firth of Forth next to the bridges Port Edgar Marina is now a year-round destination for boat owners, sailing enthusiasts and watersports activities. The agents say the addition of Scott’s Restaurant last year and the makeover of chandlery and shop Beacon has increased visitor numbers.

In November, the Edinburgh International Film Festival announced that it will present ‘Film Fest on the Forth’ at the marina next year on 6 and 7 June. The event will feature a weekend of free open-air outdoor screenings in celebration of Scotland’s Year of Coasts and Waters

In May, the marina also hosts its annual Open Weekend, which attracts more than 10,000 visitors from across central Scotland.

James Godfrey, a partner at Culverwell, said: “Port Edgar Marina has been transformed into a thriving destination in recent years, not just for sailing and watersports, but for shopping, eating and drinking. We are targeting complimentary users and with such an iconic location by the Three Bridges, free parking and high visitor numbers, this is a site with huge potential.”

Russell Aitken, managing director of Port Edgar, said: “We’ve enjoyed having Shapes at the Marina and we wish Ali well in his retirement. While we’re sad to see them go we’re looking forward to seeing who recognises this opportunity and takes over the space.”

Contact James Godfrey at Culverwell for further information on 0131 226 6611 or visit