FOR SALE: Popular tourist spot looks for new owners
WHEN popular Yarraman GP Dr Bruce Carr passed away in May last year, he didn't fully get to see the success that became of his commercial premises.
Dr Carr was the proud owner of the Maidenwell Trading Post.
It has become a must-see tourist destination thanks to current tenants, The Sauce Man pair, Nigel Squibb and John Whitley.
And it is now up for sale.
Craig Brittain is the son-in-law of the late Dr Bruce Carr and said it was a shame his father-in-law didn't get to see his building flourish.
"He came out once or twice,” he said.
The Yarraman GP was very gracious and was never in the business for the money.
"You would struggle to find people who were not happy with Bruce,” Mr Brittain said.
"He was a bit of a recluse and didn't want people to know about his illness.”
Popular Maidenwell businessmen, Nigel and John, have made the Trading Post their home of their Sauce Man business.
As well as running the cafe, they also successfully worked the convenience store, fuel bowsers, and hosted functions.
Throw the inaugural upcoming Maidenwell Country Music Muster into the mix and something had to give.
"Nigel and John have done amazing things for the shop, but they will be out of in seven weeks,” Mr Brittain said.
"The were burning the candle at both ends.”
Determined not to let down the local and travelling customers, they have lined up a tenant to continue the cafe in the short term.
Mr Brittain said the next ideal owner of the Trading Post, which includes a one-bedroom granny flat, would be someone who was ready to sink their teeth into a new, exciting challenge.
"It would probably suit someone who is after a cheap tree-change,” he said.
"Somebody with the right skills and intentions and who wants to be a part of the community.”
Mr Brittain said the current tenants have proven that with the right people in place, the Trading Post can be a rewarding experience.
"The boys were doing a function a night leading up to Christmas,” he said.
"As well as doing meals up for the mines.”
While there was the possibility the Trading Post would close, Mr Brittain said that was most definitely the last resort.
"Between the grey nomads and the bikie clubs turning up on the weekend, it has become quite a locality to go to,” he said.
The property is now for sale and the executors of the estate are inviting all reasonable offers.
If someone is interested in making a genuine offer, contact Craig Brittain on 0408 075 642.