Historic inn finds a buyer
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.