Plans lodged to turn former Union Street shop into cafe

Plans have been submitted to turn a former suit shop into a new cafe.

Kirk Harrison has submitted an application to Aberdeen City Council to turn the former home of men’s retailer Brook Taverner into a cafe.

The Union Street shop, which closed in February, has lain vacant for the past 18 months.

A planning statement submitted by Mr Harrison on behalf of The Healthy Eating Co, has applied for the retail premises to be partially converted in order to form the new cafe.

It added: “The premises which has historically been used for Class 1 (Retail) purposes, has been vacant for a considerable period of time, with little or no interest in its continued use for that sole purpose following marketing by AB Robb since February 2016.”

The planning statement adds this is a “prime example” of recent trends in the city centre where Union Street’s reputation as the main shopping thoroughfare has been replaced by shopping centres.

It states: “As a result the retail dynamic of the west end of Union Street has diminished with the need for new life to be introduced for the next chapter in this part of the city centre.

“Following the closures of Bells Hotel, Chicago Rock, significant office developments in the form of the Silver Fin, and the Capitol respectively, and the 90 long term apartments at the former Bruce Millers store, shall see significant influxes of people into the area as workers or residents.”

The plans reveal the cafe will sell food such as sandwiches and soup.