Business opportunities emerge from Shadows at prime city CBD location

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Business opportunities emerge from Shadows at prime city CBD location

The old Caledonian Hotel, one of Mount Gambier’s prominent historic buildings, is up for lease, which boasts potential to lend itself to a hospitality offering.

Moorak farmers Karen Bracken and husband Dale Barnard were revealed as the new owners of the hall earlier this year, which has sat empty for several years.

The building was previously home to Shadows Nightclub, which closed its doors in March 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic struck Australia.

The building was listed by Complete Commercial and senior property consultant Shae Landon told The SE Voice there had been interest in the historic Penola Road premises since it hit the rental market.

“The response to the initial marketing campaign has been positive with the interest resulting in on-site inspections and potential lessees undertaking further investigations into the possibilities on offer for their businesses,” she said.

Ms Landon discussed potential businesses that might consider securing a lease for the space.

“Early indications are the building lends itself to a hospitality offering, with existing approvals for late night operation and existing infrastructure to support patrons remaining onsite for longer periods to enjoy dining and entertainment,” she said.

“Location, prominence, and existing infrastructure will truly support a variety of offerings from cafe/providore-style daytime service through to high-end restaurant and entertainment venue in the evening, perhaps a combination of all with multiple offerings throughout the building, subject to council approval.

“There is also potential generous office space available to the east and west on the first floors.”

Ms Landon said the State Heritage Caledonian Hall, circa 1913, is a classical revival building constructed in rockface limestone and grey dolomite, which boasts stunning original leadlight windows.

“The purpose-built building consists of a central main hall boasting a beautiful curved acoustically designed timber ceiling,” she said.

“Plenty of space for a bar and commercial kitchen (subject to council approval), ample accessible amenities with back of house areas suitable for staff quarters.”

The grand entry to the building includes a staircase which leads down to entry to the main road.

Ascending to the first floor reveals two expansive office areas overlooking Bay Road which come complete with a viewing platform, balconies on either side, and a stage to the rear.

Also at the rear are split-level office rooms featuring a bathroom and kitchen, which are all accessible through a separate entrance.

A side deck awaits further enhancements, offering ample storage options, including a basement.

“The new owner is excited to hear from astute businesses with the creativity to work with the heritage beauty adding a modern flair, with the aim to maximise the building potential by finding solutions for all available spaces,” Ms Landon said.

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