Scotland-based The Bread Guy is planning to start production at the former Aitkens Bakery in Torry, Aberdeen.

The artisan bakery has moved into the former Aitkens Bakery site on Glenbervie Road, Torry and hopes to open up its new store in June.

Gary McAllister, managing director at The Bread Guy, was brought up next door to Aitkens Bakery, which has been shut since late 2018.

The Bread Guy’s Inverurie site is set to shut and will become a larger bakery and shop at the former Aitkens Bakery.

“Right now, we are a wholesale bread company selling upmarket products, but we are branching out into the confectionery side. I am creating new products that will be on sale for the residents of Aberdeen. Some of the current bakeries offer very old-fashioned cakes and bakes so there will be a lot of products we can innovate,” said McAllister.

McAllister’s family is moving back to Torry to run the bakery, feed the community and create jobs, he added.

”Hopefully this bakery brings new life to the building, area and street. We are branching out and will be selling sausage rolls and other hot food-to-go. I will also be continuing the bread business as we have lots of loyal customers to continue feeding.”

McAllister said he hoped The Bread Guy would become a staple of Torry and bring in customers from all around Aberdeen, thanks to word of mouth and great-tasting products.

Production is scheduled to start in May, but the initial opening date may be pushed back due to the coronavirus outbreak.

There is still work to be done on the site and workmen are not to carry out repairs, as this is non essential work. Everyone should be staying at home if possible, said McAllister.