THE LATEST development at Dundee’s £1bn waterfront has officially opened its doors for the first time to a mouth-watering reception.
Jannetta’s Gelateria have marked the occasion by unveiling an exclusive new marmalade and ginger flavour ice-cream in conjunction with local food manufacturer Mackays.
And today (THURSDAY) Mark Flynn convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee was first in line with the keys to the Slessor Gardens Pavilion and cash for a cone!
He said: “Jannetta’s are exactly the type of local, high-quality and well-known business that we had in mind for the pavilion at Slessor Gardens when it was planned and built, so I’m delighted to see them opening up, just as the weather improves and the lockdown eases.
“We concluded the lease earlier this year and since then Owen and his team have been working hard in preparation for today’s official opening.”
Owen Hazel of Jannetta’s added: “This is an extremely exciting step and the most amazing news for the Jannetta’s team and family. We would like to thank Dundee City Council for their help in making this happen.
“As well as working with Mackays on the new flavour, we have also teamed up with Mezzaluna, Dundee to provide a range of Italian cuisine at the site.”
The 40 square metre pavilion is on the south-western side of Slessor Gardens adjacent to South Crichton Street and close to the V&A Dundee and the soon to be occupied Agnes Husband House.
It will initially open 10am to 5pm seven days a week.
Mackays was founded in 1938 by the Mackay Brothers. Today, owned by the Grant family and based in Scotland, they are proud of their heritage and authentic products.
Dundee draws skilled workers from a 60-minute catchment population of 640,000 and has a local population of over 140,000. The availability of a large pool of highly skilled labour is a key feature in the Dundee economy. Flexibility in the labour force is currently more prevalent in Dundee than in Scotland as a whole. All forms of labour market flexibility - part-time, temporary employment, self-employment and shift work - are widely operational within the city. Labour force stability in the city is excellent, enabling companies to plan with confidence. Labour turnover levels are less than 5% and absenteeism averages 2%.