His­toric inn finds a buyer

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - FRONT PAGE -

THE his­toric Daintree Inn in Moss­man has fi­nally been sold.

Sell­ing agent Jay Beat­tie of Col­lier In­ter­na­tional con­firmed the ho­tel, on the cor­ner of Front and Mill Streets, sold for $400,000 plus GST to pri­vate in­vestors from New South Wales.

Mr Beat­tie said he be­lieved the buy­ers in­tended to give the ho­tel a bit of a facelift be­fore re-open­ing, and in­tended to pro­mote the food side of the busi­ness as well as en­hance the ac­com­mo­da­tion.

Mean­time, the site of the old Royal Ho­tel on Front St in Moss­man is fi­nally go­ing to be de­vel­oped, with Su­gar­land Meats Butch­ery plan­ning to build a new shop.

The ho­tel burnt down in Septem­ber 2011, and has re­mained a va­cant block ever since.

Su­gar­land Meats has been op­er­at­ing for many years in the Su­gar­land Ar­cade on Front St, but was hard to find.

Su­gar­land Meats owner Ja­son Ed­wards says the move will give them a more promi­nant pos­tion in the town in a shop that will be pur­pose built.

‘‘We were faced with ei­ther a ma­jor over­haul in our ex­ist­ing 30 to 35-year-old shop, or a move to new premises,’’ Mr Ed­wards said.

‘‘The new shop will pro­vide a much higher pro­file to at­tract pass­ing trade, as well as a far more ef­fi­cient set-up, while own­ing the free­hold is another bonus.

‘‘It will also en­able us have a wider range of prod­uct.’’

Mr Ed­wards ex­pects a four- to five-month build time, de­pend­ing on the sever­ity of the wet sea­son.

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