The Elgin town centre continues to change.
It is fair to say it is easy to be nostalgic.
Like everywhere, high streets and town centres have evolved as online shopping increases.
What is happening in the Elgin town centre?
In recent years, we have been documenting the changes in the Elgin town centre.
Like shop closures, new stores and much more.
Here are four of the developments you should keep your eye out for in Moray’s main town.
New bar for Elgin High Street
A new cocktail and wine bar is coming to Elgin High Street.
Soon, Dean’s Of Elgin will open for business at 92E High Street.
The building was previously home to a beauty salon.
It can be accessed via Fife Arms close to the heart of Elgin’s town centre.
Locals say the new business will bring positivity and employment to the Elgin town centre.
Address: 92E High Street, Elgin.
Gordon & MacPhail
Whisky specialists Gordon and MacPhail are currently undertaking a multimillion-pound makeover of their South Street shop.
The transformation will create a unique whisky experience. It will incorporate displays, tasting rooms and a liquid library of some of the world’s rarest whiskies.
Last December, we revealed the plans.
While work is ongoing, the firm has a pop-up shop on the Elgin High Street at the entrance to the St Giles Centre.
It is hoped once opened in 2024, the tourism experience will be a boost for the Elgin town centre.
Address: 58- 60 South Street, Elgin
Starbucks move into bigger premises
Coffee giants Starbucks has opened up after completing its move to a bigger space in Elgin.
The former Burtons store at 122 High Street was closed for good after owners Arcadia went into administration.
Meanwhile in March, it emerged the firm would make the move in the summer.
Now it is open for business.
Starbucks was in its previous premises for 14 years.
Bosses say the new premises will improve the visibility of the cafe to shoppers walking by on Elgin High Street.
Elgin councillor Graham Leadbitter has previously welcomed the news.
He said: “It is very positive to see a larger retail unit being occupied and brought back into use after some time.”
Address: 122 High Street, Elgin
Cultural Quarter latest
Earlier this week, council officials revealed to us when they hope to begin work to transform two Elgin town centre buildings as part of the Cultural Quarter.
The £31 million project forms part of the Moray Growth Deal.
It includes plans to redevelop Elgin Town Hall, bring Grant Lodge back into use and leverage private investment into a possible hotel site which is still to be determined.
The local authority is hoping work will start to refurbish the Elgin Town Hall in 2025, Early 2026 is earmarked for the transformation of Grant Lodge.
Elgin Cultural Quarter project manager Claire English said: “The next nine months will be crucial.
“Of course with work still to be done, this is just a guide target.”
This story was updated on July 7, 2023, as Starbucks are now in our new Elgin home.