Aberdeen’s ‘kitchens maestro’ retires

Sandy Park, who has retired after 31 years in the kitchen industry.
Sandy Park, who has retired after 31 years in the kitchen industry.

After 31 years in the kitchen industry, Kitchens International’s Director Sandy Park - who is originally from Mintlaw - is retiring.

As a stalwart member of the team and a huge influence on getting Kitchens International to where it is today as Scotland’s leading independent kitchen designer/retailer, Sandy has been hugely influential in the growth and development of the company.

After spending four years working for small independents, in 1989 Sandy set up Elegant Home Interiors in Peterhead.

In 2007, Elegant Homes merged with Kitchens International and Sandy was appointed Administration and Strategic Projects Director. He was tasked with creating an infrastructure that would allow the company to grow for years to come. Sandy’s influence is apparent throughout every department of the company and he is well known across the North-east for designing and supplying some of the finest kitchens around.

Sandy now lives in Balmedie with his wife, Sheena. Together, they have three children - all of whom live locally and are married with children of their own.

Commenting, Sandy said: “Although I feel no older than I did when I began working in the kitchen industry over 30 years ago I am looking forward to retiring and spending time with my family.

“All the developments and changes throughout the years have been challenging but exciting, making kitchens an enjoyable and exhilarating industry to have been involved in.”

“Over the years the kitchen industry has changed beyond recognition - in the beginning choice was limited and designs were simple. L-shapes, cathedral oak doors and jointing strips were the order of the day.

“Now the kitchen has metamorphosed from a functional, working back room to the hub of the home incorporating cooking, dining and living requirements. The expertise and professionalism required to run a modern day kitchen business is astonishing.”

Gerry Watson, Kitchens International’s MD, said: “Sandy leaves a legacy within KI and his unrivalled attention to detail and expertise has played a huge part in making KI the success it is today. He has also been instrumental in the training and development of his succession in the company, and his influence will be with us for years to come.

“I somehow think he won’t be far from our doors when he gets under Sheena’s feet! We wish them both a long and happy retirement.”