Marcliffe staff stay till spring

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Deeside’s five-star Marcliffe will remain open for several more months according to an announcment the owner made to staff.

The hotel on North Deeside Road was due to close in November with owner Stewart Spence ready to bring his 50-year career in hospitality to an end.

Plans for the site, which is to be transformed into a haven of luxury homes, have worked out in such a way that the Marcliffe can continue to trade until the end of March.

Mr Spence sent a memo to staff this week telling them the hotel would stay open on a limited basis.

He said: “All staff who would like to remain at the Marcliffe and ‘muck in’ are welcome to put their name forward.

“This has been a difficult decision for me but I could not face up to keeping the hotel complete in ‘mothballs’ for five to six months.”

The hotel employs around 100 full-time and 80 part-time workers.

Spence stressed that the hotel would not offer any ballroom functions in its remaining months.

Bedrooms, the restaurant, the drawing room and private dining would remain on offer.

The Stewart Milne Group is behind plans to build executive apartments on the North Deeside Road site.

The house-building giant acquired the property after earlier plans tabled by Gibson McCartney Ltd for a £90million office complex were withdrawn.

It is proposed that family homes will also be built on the site, with the Marcliffe building to be demolished, there has been a great deal of public objection to the historic building’s demolition.