By Jeremy Sollars
Forget the rumour Warwick’s old Parmalat site on Victoria Street has been bought by John Dee or Gina Rinehart – the Free Times can confirm the site’s new owner is local business identity Graeme Collins.
The sale settled on Thursday 25 January – for an at this stage undisclosed sum – and since then Graeme has been starting to tidy up the site, which he is marketing as a ‘mixed-use precinct’.
He told the Free Times there were multiple leasing opportunities on the site, potentially for a variety of retail and cultural and other uses.
“There’s heaps of floor area and a variety of buildings – what we’re looking at is what you might call ‘adaptive re-use’ of an old site which has been sitting here for quite some years,” he said.
“I’ve got a few ideas and I’ve had a few enquiries – a lot of it will depend on the council but they seem pretty receptive.
“Obviously whatever goes in here has to be commercially viable but it would be good to have something on the cultural side of things as part of the mix.
“I’d just like to see it turned into something that the Warwick community can be proud of.”
Read more in this Thursday’s edition of the Southern Free Times…