A BORDERS pub has been taken off the market – and the new owners are looking for local businesses to turn the space into their own.
Edinburgh property investors Fiona and Mark Cameron recently bought the Harrow Inn on High Street, Galashiels, and hope the proximity of their purchase to the new Great Scottish Tapestry will inspire city business owners to pull the plug. the best part of the site. .
“We love the Borders because it’s an area we love to spend time in and Mark spent his family vacations here when he was little,” said Fiona. “As investors we have been drawn here because there is a very bright future in the borders and we believe that its economy is booming and growing and we can see that there is a lot of investment in it. Galashiels, in particular for a growing tourist trade.
“And the opening of the new museum [Tapestry] was a big factor in taking us to the city.
“Of course, we want to capitalize on the fact that the [tapestry] building is there and it will attract new people to the city.
“And we hope that will make [the Harrow] an attractive feature for any tenant trying to establish a business there.
The Harrow Inn is currently planned to accommodate a hospitality business on the ground floor and basement, with the top two floors being used as residential space.
Fiona explained that the couple wanted to rent out the upstairs accommodation and open the two lower floors as a business.
“We’re going to keep the residential part and we’re going to operate it and let it go out,” she said. “The commercial part that we are going to rent to a tenant. We are therefore looking for the right tenant for this space. We know this was a popular and heavily used bar in the past, but we don’t think it fits the space now as we want our visitors on the upper floors to feel comfortable there. We would prefer to see it in some other use so hopefully find a tenant who wants to operate a restaurant or cafe.
Looking to the future, the couple could also see the Harrow Inn become a collaborative space for a number of companies sharing ownership.
“It’s a really flexible space, so it can be divided into different units,” said Fiona. “Some parts might be fine for a nail bar, hairdresser, or therapy space – and we think it might even be a retail space.”
Mark added: “There is a lot of potential there. It’s just a matter of finding a tenant who also matches our vision.
The couple also want to retain some of the original features of the C-listed property.
Fiona said: “The most important thing for us is to make the most of the original features because it is a beautiful building, outside and inside.
“The list specifically refers to the interior of the bar, which is a typical example of a late 19th century bar. We want it to stay and become a real part of the bar and make the most of it.
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