June 14, 2017
Highly regarded café and bakery operator Falko Konditormeister is relocating to Haddington’s new George Court development, after more than a decade in Gullane.
The 1,700 sq ft premises are currently being adapted to meet the German pastry chef’s bespoke requirements, including a new area for a bakery.
“We can confirm rumours which have been circulating both Gullane and Haddington for some time now regarding Falko Konditormeister,” explains IME managing director Iain Mercer who brokered the deal.
“While full details of the deal are not being released, Falko has committed to a ‘long-term’ agreement to relocate from Gullane to 1 George Court, Haddington this summer,” added Mr Mercer.
The move will be seen as a major coup for the development launched by Jim Wilkie of Zest Capital Management earlier this year, and for the town of itself.
“Falko Konditormeister is a well-known brand across East Lothian and in Edinburgh, and we’re delighted Falko is taking up the ground floor space in our George Court development,” commented Mr Wilkie.
“It’s exactly the type of business we envisaged attracting to the town when we began the project of redeveloping the former George Hotel,” he added.
The 16th century B-listed, landmark building in the town’s High Street has undergone extensive redevelopment both externally and internally, having lain derelict for a number of years.
IME managing director Iain Mercer commented: “There are good levels of interest in the remaining unit, 2 George Court (1,500 sq ft), which is the former ballroom space with a vaulted ceiling, and is suitable for a retail/gallery operator.
“Jim and his team deserve immense credit for helping re-generate this area of the town, while also introducing a new, high-profile businesses to the local economy.” concluded Mr Mercer.
The development also includes a mixture of 15 one and two bedroom flats which are nearing completion and due to be marketed later in the summer.