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The num­ber of jobs saved at the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel. The the 92-bed­room ho­tel which was in re­ceiver­ship was bought by the Hud­son Fam­ily

THE FU­TURE of more than 120 jobs has been se­cured this week through the sale of the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel.

The sale, which is due to be of­fi­cially fi­nalised this morn­ing ( Wed­nes­day), has brought the 92-bed­room ho­tel out of re­ceiver­ship.

New own­ers, the Hud­son Fam­ily from Ark­low, com­pleted ne­go­ti­a­tions in at the weekend and say they are very happy to be tak­ing over the long-run­ning oper­a­tion.

‘We are de­lighted to have ac­quired the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel. It’s a well-es­tab­lished lo­cal busi­ness and we look for­ward to work­ing with all the staff and the Dalata man­age­ment com­pany,’ said fam­ily spokesper­son Wil­liam Hud­son, of the well-known Hud­son Con­crete firm.

Mr. Hud­son con­firmed that Dalata will be re­tained as man­age­ment com- pany and that all cur­rent staff will be re­tained. The ho­tel will con­tinue to trade as the Ark­low Bay Ho­tel.

‘We en­vis­age a smooth tran­si­tion. Dalata are very pro­fes­sional and have a lot of ex­pe­ri­ence in the ho­tel in­dus­try. We plan to grow the busi­ness and we would like to con­tinue to sup­port the lo­cal com­mu­nity and lo­cal busi­ness as much as pos­si­ble. We hope to pro­vide the people of Ark­low with a first class ho­tel,’ he said.

In to­tal there are in the re­gion of 140 full-time, part­time and sea­sonal staff em­ployed at The Ark­low Bay Ho­tel, which went into re­ceiver­ship in May 2013. Since then the ho­tel has been op­er­ated by the man­age­ment com­pany on be­half of the re­ceiver.

Mr. Hud­son re­fused to be drawn on the fig­ure paid for the ho­tel, but com­mented ‘I’d say both par­ties are happy’.

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