Landmark Hartlepool hotel The Grand has new owners - and it could mean new jobs

The Best Western Grand Hotel has been bought by Shepherd Cox.
The Best Western Grand Hotel has been bought by Shepherd Cox.
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A town centre hotel is under new ownership and it could lead to expansion and more jobs.

The Best Western Grand Hotel has been bought by leading hotel group Shepherd Cox and an initial £45,000 investment has already been ploughed into new plumbing systems.

But there’s more investment to come.

Bosses said the current staffing levels of 44 people could increase by at least 10 new recruits.

And the hotel, which has 48 rooms, will undergo internal improvements within the existing hotel to create more bedrooms.

General manager Craig Morris said: “The sale of the hotel will have a great positive impact on the future of the business.

“The hotel will look into increasing its bedrooms, services and hopefully creating more jobs in the local area. It’s a wonderful building, steeped in history. I’m excited to see what’s to come, and to show off the Grand Hotel in a way it was intended to be seen.”

Building of the Grand Hotel was started in 1899 by John Duckberry, who had a vision of creating the largest, grandest hotel in the region.

It was completed in 1901. In 1912 ,it was purchased by the Great Northern railway.

The hotel was eventually sold off in 1983 to West Hartlepool Steam Navigation and sold again in 1997 to private hoteliers.

It was then sold to Tavistock Leisure in May 2007.