Demolition work is currently under way at the site of the former Dan Campbell's and The Thatch pubs on Bridge Street in Larne, Co. Antrim, to make way for a new hotel.
According to The Belfast Telegraph, the new hotel will be a four-star venue called Inver River Hotel and will include 24 bedrooms.
The hotel will cost £3.2 million and is being developed by MBA Inver Investments directors Kenny Bruce, Stephen Ashe, Mervyn McKay and Raymond Robinson.
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Additionally, the new hotel will generate 38 employment opportunities.
"A Bright Light For Hospitality In Larne"
The Belfast Telegraph quotes Bruce as saying, "Our vision for the Inver River Hotel is to create a stylish, four-star hotel that will be a bright light for hospitality in Larne.
"Despite the challenges to the hospitality industry due to the COVID-19 crisis, the directors are confident that the planned opening of the hotel in early 2022 will coincide with a strong resurgence of the tourism sector in Northern Ireland and beyond.
"We are grateful to Anne Donaghy, chief executive of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council, and her leadership team for their support throughout this process. We look forward to continuing to work with council to see further transformation in Larne."
A Welcome Investment And Development
Meanwhile, Donaghy commented, "I welcome the investment and development of a new high-spec hotel in Larne. This will form a key part of the council's strategic tourism offering as the gateway to the Glens and will create much-needed local jobs.
"I congratulate the vision of the investors and endorse the way in which they are contributing to the future of Larne.
"The Inver River Hotel will add significantly to the work already undertaken in the Inver River area of the town, and I have no doubt other investors will see the success of this hotel and be encouraged to come to our town. It is a privilege of the council to work alongside these investors to support them to create the next part of Larne's journey in tourism."
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