Pauline Hanson enters the NSW commercial property scene
A commercial property in Maitland has been bought by a well-known public figure, sparking ...
A commercial property in Maitland has been bought by a well-known public figure, sparking speculation about how the purchase will affect retailers and shop owners in the area.
Pauline Hanson has reportedly purchased the former Tooths hotel building on High Street, saying that she believes the investment "has a lot of potential".
Speaking to the Maitland Mercury on January 6, Hanson asserted: "I think that end of town, although it was dying in the past, I think in time it will come good slowly."
The former politician said she planned to renovate the former pub - which does not carry a liquor license - and turn its 300 squares metres of ground floor into commercial real estate for rent.
In turn the upstairs section of the heritage-listed building would be converted for residential use - and while Hanson has not said she will return to her roots as a corner take-away vendor, she has not ruled it out either.
She said: "There’s always room for a good takeaway, and I can’t believe the price of a piece of fish now."
The mayor of Maitland Peter Blackmore told the Newcastle Herald on January 7 that he welcomed the investment.
Blackmore said: "She's had retail experience previously and certainly she has enjoyed public exposure.
"It gives that bit more exposure to our city and it certainly comes at a time when the resurgence in central Maitland will be under way."