One of Scotland’s best known family firms have announced their plans to develop a flagship ice cream parlour and coffee shop in Aberdeen.
Mackie’s of Scotland, who are based at Westertown Farm near Inverurie, will open its first branded retail unit at the £107 million Marischal Square development after signing a 15 year lease.
With plans to open next summer, the venture will provide customers with a choice of over 30 flavours of ice cream, plus a growing range of the family’s chocolate.
The firm hopes the combination of 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.
“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 Mackie’s is opening up its first café in the Marischal Square development.
“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.”