Schuh was established by Founding Director Sandy Alexander in 1981, with a single shop in North Bridge Arcade, Edinburgh. The company became part of the Glasgow-based Goldbergs retail group, which ceased trading in 1991. Alexander led a management buyout, backed by capital from development agency Scottish Enterprise, to allow Schuh to continue trading. As of May 2011[update] the chain remained independent, with 76 stores in the UK and Ireland. Schuh's head office is in Livingston, West Lothian, Scotland. Schuh's flagship store opened in 2004 at 200 Oxford Street, London. The company was taken over by Genesco, a company who own Journeys, in 2011.