A FORMER Aberdeen department store could now be turned into a restaurant.
Plans have been lodged to turn two floors of the former Esslemont and Macintosh building in Aberdeen city centre into an eatery – less than two months after hotel plans were withdrawn.
The restaurant would be spread over the basement and ground floor, with around half of the basement being used.
Developers Castlecall’s, previous plan of replacing the existing concrete extension to Broad Street, with a glass one will not be carried out. Instead, new windows will be installed at ground floor level.
The remaining floors of the seven-storey building won’t be included in the plans.
Aberdeen City Centre Community Council chairman Dustin Macdonald said he was surprised by the change in the plans, but added he was delighted investment is still on the cards for that end of Union Street.
Castlecall said they would not comment on any plans lodged by the firm.
Aberdeen City Council’s finance convener Willie Young today said: “Any development in that area is a good thing and will enhance Marischal Square.”