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£500,000 plans to transform historic Aberdeen building into bar and restaurant put forward

Friday February 8th 2019 at 2:43 PM

The Esslemont and Macintosh building has been empty since 2017, when Jamie’s Italian pulled out of business in Aberdeen.

Plans have been put forward to renovate a historic Aberdeen department store into a half-a-million pound bar and restaurant.

The Esslemont and Macintosh building has been empty for the last two years, since Jamie’s Italian pulled out of the city.

It traded as a department store for more than 130 years, until it was forced to close in 2007.

Applicants the McGinty Group – which owns a number of pubs and restaurants around Aberdeen- has put in plans for a pizzeria on the second floor, and a bar and restaurant downstairs, supporting 70 jobs.

Allan Henderson, Director of The McGinty’s Group, said: “E&Ms is an Aberdeen institution and a landmark building that was calling out for some local love. As a group, we have a passion for regenerating iconic venues and transforming them into thriving outlets so this project fits perfectly with our company objectives and enhances our growing portfolio.

“Following the significant investment the Aberdeen City Council have made firstly with the redevelopment of Broad Street and latterly the building of Marischal Square, we have been impressed with the transformation of this part of the city centre and The McGinty’s Group are keen to bring a high quality local offering to the area.”

Alan Aitken, Operations Director of The McGinty’s Group, added: “As an independent business, we are very excited to develop one of the city’s most recognised buildings. The people of Aberdeen have fond memories of this site and we are looking forward to reviving it with a high quality and stylish transformation that we hope will help to continue the regeneration of this area of Union Street, encourage footfall and create employment opportunities in the heart of the city centre.”

Adrian Watson, CEO of Aberdeen Inspired, commented: “It is fantastic to see this unique building being occupied by a growing local business. Aberdeen Inspired has worked over the past few years to help improve the city centre. We all understand the current challenges to the ‘High Street’ and the need for us to work together to deliver on our Masterplan aspirations. To a great extent, this is predicated on business confidence and this significant investment from a local operator is a great example and a real boost to our city centre.”

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