Aberdeen Whisky Shop is moving to larger premises in Union Street.

The store is hoping to benefit from the tourist boom expected from visiting cruise ships.

The relocation will lead to a much bigger shop and allow for the creation of a whisky-tasting area, with a bar for up to 30 people.

Owner Nick Sullivan has spent a “mid five-figure sum” on the expansion, which he believes is “encouraging” for Union Street.

The shop has been at 474 Union Street for 13 years, but will open next door in the former Shelter building by the beginning of July.

Mr Sullivan told the Press & Journal: “It’s nice we can move in to a bigger place and it’s quite encouraging for Union Street to be honest.


“The opportunity arose about two months ago and we have jumped at it.

“Our business has grown from strength to strength.”

It is hoped the new shop will attract tourists visiting the city from nearly 40 cruise ships scheduled to dock at the new £400million Aberdeen South Harbour this year.

Mr Sullivan added: “This is really geared up for the cruise ships coming into Aberdeen and tour companies coming into the city centre who can hire out the venue and we can represent Aberdeen.

“We had about 30 Germans in last week coming in off the first cruise ship and it was nice to see.”

Three new jobs will be created - two full-time and one part-time - to add to the existing five members of staff.

The Granite Mile has been in the spotlight in recent times due to its decline, but there has been a massive response to the launch of a new community-led initiative to re-energise the heart of Aberdeen.

Local entrepreneur Bob Keiller is leading Our Union Street, an organisation seeking to bring new businesses and people to the location..

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