Parlour plan for new development

Mackie’s heads to new scheme for first retail unit

Mac and Karin Mackie (contributed)
Mac and Karin Mackie (contributed)

Mackie’s of Scotland is opening an ice cream parlour in a city centre development which will be its first branded retail unit.

The Inverurie family firm has signed a 15 year lease on a unit in the Marischal Square project in Aberdeen.

It  joins All Bar One, Marriott Hotels and Aberdeen Journals on the developer’s client list.

Karin Mackie, marketing director, said the team has visited some of the world’s best ice cream parlours and gelateria chocolatiers.

“We are looking forward to bringing all we have learned to Aberdeen,” she said.

“We are proud of our North East heritage and we will work hard to make this a real positive addition to the centre of Aberdeen.

“We are very much viewing this as the next chapter for the business and want to create the flagship branch in our home city.”

The controversial Marischal Square development is led by Muse Developments with funding from Aviva Investors.

When plans were unveiled for the £107m office, retail and leisure block they prompted an outcry from heritage enthusiasts who objected to its design.

Marischal Square 2However, it is regarded as a key magnet for investment and regeneration of the city centre.

Aberdeen City Council deputy leader Marie Boulton said: “It is fantastic that Mackie’s, which is one of the best-known food and drink companies from the north-east, is opening up its first café in the Marischal Square development.”

She said the development will help develop the east end of the city centre as part of the city centre masterplan plans for the area.

“We want to attract prestigious brands to Marischal Square so having Mackie’s which is a truly home-grown success and is now a country-wide name is a brilliant first to have.”

Muse regional director for Scotland, Steve Turner, said Mackie’s is “exactly the kind of business proposition we are looking to bring to the project.”

Marischal Square will deliver:

·         173,500 sq ft of Grade A office space with secure parking

·         Seven restaurants and café bars occupying 28,000 sq ft of ground floor space

·         A 126-room Residence Inn by Marriott

·         Civic space around a rejuvenated Provost Skene’s House

·         Up to 300 jobs during the 116-week construction phase and accommodation for 1,500 employees.


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