SCONE’S best known building, the historic Campbell’s Corner, will go to auction next week.
It’s just 18 months since the property last changed hands, but Burgess Rawson Real Estate representative Darren Beehag said interest had been high.
He said there’d been 75 telephone inquiries to date, with some Upper Hunter interest, as well as from Sydney, Tamworth, Newcastle and Brisbane.
The property, on the corner of Kelly and Liverpool streets, includes eight shops on the ground level, a drive-through liquor outlet, ATM and a substantial first floor that’s not used at present.
Mr Beehag said the first floor was open space with the original timber floors and some of the interest had been in its potential for residential development and function space.
He said there had been improvements to the building by the current owner but the first floor needed extensive refurbishment and its future development would be dependent on council approval.
Betty Pinkerton, of the Scone and Upper Hunter Historical Society, said it was built by Campbell’s in 1928, operating as a department store until the 1970s.
“It was said you could buy everything from a pin to a car at Campbell’s,” Mrs Pinkerton, who has fond memories of visiting the store with her family, said.
In the late 1970s, she said, Campbell’s sold it to Winn’s, of Newcastle, which also ran it as a department store until it was sold again in the early 1980s, at which point the ground level was split into separate shops.
The property will go to auction in Sydney on Tuesday.
PRIME TAMWORTH RETAIL SPACE AVAILABLE
PRIME retail space in the Tamworth CBD is now up for grabs following the closure of Sam’s Warehouse.
One of the owners of the building on the corner of Brisbane St and Kable Avenue, John Treloar, said the space was now being advertised in the hope of finding a tenant.
Sam’s Warehouse officially closed its doors on February 8. In the past few days the large shop has been cleared out and handed back to the Treloar family.
“We are hoping to find a tenant,” Mr Treloar said.
“Ideally we would love to lease the space as a whole but we are open to leasing portions and splitting it up if need be.”
Mr Treloar said interest in the space had been expressed in the lead up to Sam’s Warehouse closing.
“Obviously though we had to wait for the premises to be vacant before anything more could be done,” he said.
The advertised lease for the space includes 2911 square metres of retail space as well as offices, a loading dock and 56 on-site car parking spaces.