http://www.eveningexpress.co.uk/Article.aspx/1600246?UserKey=Business on Aberdeen’s Union Street was back on track today as new shops welcomed customers.
Units on Aberdeen’s Union Street which have lain empty for months have reopened as new ventures. And an Aberdeen leader today hailed the news as a “step in the right direction”. But he said a comprehensive plan was needed to bring Aberdeen’s Union Street back to its bustling best. A string of new shops on Union Street, Aberdeen, have opened their doors to customers since the Evening Express revealed 15 units on the street were lying empty last summer. Mountain Warehouse opened on Aberdeen’s Union Street after clothes shop Envy closed. Today manager Alicia Frazer, 41, said: “We’re doing phenomenally well. We’ve become the top store of all our stores in Scotland.” She added: “I would certainly encourage other stores to open on Union Street.” The former Mothercare store in Aberdeen has been taken over by fashion chain Peacocks, Zavvi, which went into administration, is now SportsDirect and Bean’s Sandwich Bar is now Cafe Nero. Chairman of Aberdeen’s city centre association John Michie said the recent influx of business was to be welcomed. He said “I think there is a better quality of retail shopping coming back to the city centre. We’ve got better choice and price range as well. “It’s a step in the right direction – but it won’t bring Union Street back to its heyday. “We should be looking at is a masterplan for the city.” Mr Michie suggested the whole fabric of Aberdeen’s main thoroughfare should be addressed. View Article!