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Italian deli chain to open first seaside store



Italian deli chain Margiotta Food & Wine is to open a new outlet on the East Lothian coast after taking over Aberlady Village Store.

Margiotta sells a range of local produce and organic food, fresh baked goods, food-to-go and wine from its seven existing stores in Edinburgh. It dates back to 1963 when Pierino and Eleonora Margiotta, who had moved from the Lazio region of Italy, rented their first shop on St Mary’s Street, off the Royal Mile.

In 1989, one of the couple’s sons, Franco, opened his own shop on Warrender Park Road before expanding across the capital. He has now bought Aberlady Village Store from Mrs Iram Amjad-Hiroz after it was listed for sale at £275,000.

Franco Margiotta said: “We, at Margiotta Food & Wine, are very excited to be opening in Aberlady. This will be our first venture out of Edinburgh, and I couldn’t be happier than to be heading for East Lothian. I have always loved this part of Scotland, either playing golf on its many marvellous courses, or following in the steps of John Muir. Our aim has always been to make shopping a pleasant experience for our customers and we hope that, despite the current crisis, the good people of Aberlady will be in for a treat.”

Daniel Arrandale, director of Retail at selling agent Christie & Co, said: “Aberlady was attractive to Franco for many reasons, one of which was the strong sense of local community. With a catchment population of around 1,500 and, as the only local convenience store, it offers a pivotal service to many. The opening of this store is particularly important at this moment in time. With Franco and his team able to increase capacity and range, this front-line service can continue to assist the village during these difficult times. It has been a tremendous effort from both sides and their solicitors to pull this deal together.”

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