Mackie’s of Scotland has announced it will open its first retail unit at the £107m Marischal Square development – signing a 15-year lease and joining All Bar One, Marriott Hotels and Aberdeen Journals.
With plans to open next summer, the store will offer a choice of more than 30 flavours of ice cream, plus a growing range of chocolate, which is produced in the £600,000 chocolate factory at the family’s Westertown Farm near Inverurie.
The firm hopes its produce from the farm, paired with artisan coffee and fresh local foods will eventually become a familiar fixture in many of Scotland’s towns and cities.
Karin Mackie, marketing director with Mackie’s of Scotland, said: "The last few years have seen us travel around the UK and further afield, including Italy and the United States to sample and experience some of the world’s best ice cream parlours and gelateria chocolatiers – and we are looking forward to bringing all we have learned to Aberdeen.
"Our developments in chocolate and ongoing experimentation with new ice cream flavour combinations mean that we are particularly excited to have taken one of the new retail units, which will contain a range of new and familiar products from Mackie's.
"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 transformational Marischal Square development is led by Muse Developments, Aberdeen City Council and Aviva Investors.
Aberdeen City Council deputy leader, Councillor Marie Boulton said: "It is fantastic that Mackies, 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.
"The £107m Marischal Square 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 Mackies which is a truly home-grown success and is now a country-wide name is a brilliant first to have."#
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