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Restaurant plan for Aberdeen’s former E&M store

E&M storeA former department store in Aberdeen’s Union Street could become a restaurant in a move that would help revitalise a rundown area.

The ground floor and half of the basement of the former Esslemont and Macintosh building are involved in the plan.

The E&M department store was a feature of the city centre for 134 years before it closed in 2007. The building has lain empty ever since.

Developer, Castlecall, had previously planned to turn the building into a 98-bed hotel. Under the latest proposal there is no plan to include the remaining floors of the seven-story building. It had been hoped that an ugly concrete addition to the Victorian building would have been removed.

This more limited scheme will leave questions over the building but  is winning support from those who want to see it gradually brought back into use.

It also key to bringing life back to that end of the street. City Council finance convener Willie Young said the proposal would enhance the area around nearby Marischal Square.

 

 

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