A new bar and restaurant is to open in the historic Weighbridge area of St Helier on Jersey after operator The Liberation Group agreed terms on the site.
Through the new deal with local property developer Comprop, the company will open the new venue as part of the redevelopment of the former Southampton Hotel and Traders bar site (pictured centre).
Whilst exact plans for the new venue are being finalised, it will include the ground floor and basement of the building, with an al fresco area to the south.
A separate entrance, facing Liberation Square, will also lead to four floors of high-quality office space. The new development will collectively be known as Weighbridge House.
The latest deal is part of The Liberation Group’s investment programme that has already seen the refurbishment of the White Horse at Le Dicq and the transformation of Dix Neuf in St Helier into Hugo’s, a contemporary bar and diner. The company has also acquired the Old Court House Inn at St Aubin.
The Southampton Hotel building closed in 2013 and has been completely demolished except for the historic façade, which is being preserved and carefully restored as part of the development. The group’s plans include the reinstatement of the much-loved “Ask for Mary Ann” signage on the entrance to the bar and restaurant.
Liberation Group chief executive Mark Crowther said: “This is a really exciting day for Liberation Group. We are delighted to be working with Comprop on such a prestigious new development in such a busy and high-profile area.
“We are proud of our portfolio of pubs, bars and eateries in the Channel Islands and this is evidence once again of our commitment to investing in both existing and new venues.”
Steve Marie, managing director of Comprop, added: “We are very pleased to secure the first new tenant for this prestigious development on such a landmark site.
“We are respecting the heritage of the area through the retention of the historic Southampton Hotel façade and it is good to see the Liberation Group reinstating the historical ‘Mary Ann’ signage.”
The redevelopment of the whole building is expected to be complete by the end of 2015.