The revamp of one of the city’s most iconic buildings, part of the former Esslemont and Macintosh (E&Ms) department store, has begun as The McGinty’s Group officially takeover.

The independent hospitality group which now operates eight pubs, restaurants and hotels in Aberdeen, has started a significant refurbishment project which will see them occupy and transform the ground and first floors of No.38 Union Street.

The new food and drink establishment will have a stylish bar and a 120-seater restaurant with private dining facilities on the ground floor called The Esslemont, and an authentic Neapolitan pizzeria on the first floor called Mac’s Pizzeria, recalling the original name of the department store.

The renovations are expected to be completed by late summer, with award-winning Nicoll Russell Studios appointed as architects and local building contractors, Steven Reid Joinery on board to undertake works. Inverurie-based branding and design company, CP&Co. will provide branding support.

The McGinty’s Group is currently recruiting for senior positions and expects to create around 70 jobs for the city which will increase the group’s overall workforce to 230 employees.

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