Hudson's Pies shut for last time
IT’S the end of an era for iconic Warwick eatery Hudson’s Pies, which closed its doors at the weekend.
Former store manager Adam Butler said the owners, AJ Butler Pty Ltd, were closing up the shop to have more family time, and despite their efforts, they had been unsuccessful in selling the business.
“If someone wants to buy the naming rights, the shop may be reopened, but the current owner is no more,” Mr Butler told the Daily News.
He said he thought the current financial climate made it difficult for potential buyers to secure finance.
Meanwhile, there is an empty gash where the Universal Hotel stood for 102 years, but co-owner Terry Hangan said there was still life in the idea to build a “modern nightclub” on the site.
“Everyone’s been cleared (during a police and insurance investigation into the August 23 fire which destroyed the history building), but we’re still waiting on insurance,” Mr Hangan said.
“The feeling is they won’t rebuild but just give us the money. We’re thinking about rebuilding something nice and modern – Warwick certainly needs it.”
Next door, the former iron works building on Oak Avenue is masked by MBC Construction signs and a Southern Downs Regional Council spokeswoman confirmed the site’s pending redevelopment.
“Ergon Energy has bought this site and are cleaning it up at present; they have planning approval to use this land,” the spokeswoman said.
An Ergon Energy spokesman said the acquired land would be used to extend office space.
“The land adjoining our existing depot – which fronts Albion Street – will be used to expand the depot yard. Improved training facilities for our crews will be a major feature on the acquired land,” the spokesman said.
Meanwhile, the former Brodie’s restaurant site is being gutted to become a home for new owners in the next couple of months. Workers at the site wouldn’t be drawn on who was moving in, but the Daily News understands coffee giant Zarraffa’s is sniffing around town and could be in line to set up there.
Although the company would not confirm a site, a spokeswoman said there was the possibility of a store opening in Warwick prior to Christmas this year.
Word on the street is also that a Red Rooster kiosk could fill a vacancy in Rose City Shoppingworld. Again, the company was tight-lipped on the details.