Aberdeen shop to close down this weekend

Tea Zone in Justice Street, Aberdeen, is closing down on Sunday

The owner of an Aberdeen tea shop has announced it will close its doors for the final time this weekend.

Tea Zone, on Justice Street, is to shut up shop this Sunday.

The business began in 2016 during what shop owner Maria Oleksiak calls “the worst time” to have opened.

The 31-year-old said: “I opened Tea Zone at the worst moment during the oil downturn.

“The year we started it was amazing – we even thought of opening a bigger place. But, after the summer, it all started to change.

“A lot of people began to leave the city and a lot of our regulars stopped coming.

“It didn’t work – we had a lot of ideas in our heads but it was time to take a step back.”

Maria remains optimistic and hopes there will be a “reincarnation” in future.

She added: “I don’t regret a second of it.

“I have made many new friends and have networked with many tea gardens in India and China.”

Tea Zone is one of the two city centre shops that have had to close in the last two weeks.

Seratique, a women’s clothing boutique on Belmont Street, shut down at the end of last month.