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Gordon & MacPhail continue work to transform South Street shop

Issue Date: 27 December 2023

Work is continuing on Gordon & MacPhail’s South Street premises as they complete the intricate stonemasonry work and finish the roof renovation.

Stephen Rankin, Director of Prestige, gave an update on progress so far with this major project which will transform the 1895 landmark building.

“The external stonework is nearing completion and we’re continuing to gather items which will help us explain the vital role grocers played in making the Scotch whisky industry the global icon it is today. We have original ceramic jars and glass containers, as well as ledgers from our early days which will help us tell the story.

“It’s no easy task converting a building as old as this, but we are keen it becomes a destination for whisky lovers around the globe who will travel to Elgin to enjoy some of the finest and rarest whiskies in the world. South Street is our spiritual home and it’s important we get it right.”

The local firm has had a presence in South Street Elgin since 1895 when it first opened as a grocer’s shop before building its reputation as an internationally renowned whisky expert and distiller.

While the multi-million-pound renovation is underway, the retail shop has moved on to the High Street at the entrance to St Giles Shopping Centre. 

The temporary shop has recently been awarded five-star accreditation from Visit Scotland who visited the new premises after the move from South Street earlier in the year.

As well as offering its own brands, which include Gordon & MacPhail’s whiskies, Benromach and Red Door Gin, the temporary shop on the High Street sells the same wide range of whiskies, wines and spirits which were available at South Street.

The team also host special tasting events in the early evening in the tasting room within the store. These can be booked online or in store or by e mailing [email protected]

The new attraction will incorporate displays, tasting rooms and a liquid library of some of the world’s rarest whiskies.


Stephen Rankin on construction site of South Street shop