A NORTH-east hotel has been placed into liquidation with the loss of 68 jobs.
Mercure Aberdeen Ardoe House Hotel and Spa announced it is going into voluntary liquidation with the Covid-19 lockdown measures taking its toll.
It said the downturn in the local economy due to the collapse of the oil price and its knock-on effect on related-businesses caused the hotel to suffer, however, the onset of the current Covid-19 pandemic meant the business was unable to recover its normal levels of trading, adding to cash flow pressures.
A total of 68 members of staff were employed by the hotel, who have all lost their jobs.
Ken Pattullo, business adviser at Begbies Traynor, which is currently working with the directors of Ardoe House Hotel, said: “Unfortunately, the hospitality sector has been among the hardest hit by the pandemic with the forced closure last spring having devastating consequences for the Ardoe House Hotel.
“With Aberdeen currently in Level 2 and coronavirus restrictions continuing, the directors felt the hotel was no longer viable and had no choice but to put the business into liquidation.
“In the face of ongoing uncertainty due to the health measures implemented to help combat the global pandemic, there was no way of saving the business and the jobs it supported.
“It is sad to see the closure of such a popular hotel.”
The historic four-star hotel on South Deeside Road in Blairs is a popular venue for functions, conferences and weddings.
It is the fourth hotel in the north-east to close during the pandemic.