Dozens of jobs lost as Wexford, Carlow hotels close
Dozens of jobs have been lost following the shock closure of three hotels in the region, two in County Wexford, owned by Chan Holdings Limited.
In Rosslare Harbour, the Harbour View Hotel has shut its doors following a €35,000 judgement against Chan Holdings awarded to Carlow County Council. A notice on the door says it is closed 'due to unforseen circumstances'.
And in Rosslare Strand, another of the Chan Holdings' hotels, The Cedars, is 'fenced off' and empty with a security guard posted outside it. The hotel had been due to re-open in April following closure over the winter months. One guest who had a reservation said she had turned up to find the hotel closed.
Another Chan Hotel, The Courthouse, in Carlow, closed at the end of last month. The court judgement is for unpaid commercial rates on that hotel. Chan Holdings Limited current directors are listed as James Chan and Grace Chan. A creditors' meeting is due to take place at the Amber Springs Hotel, in Gorey, at 4.30 p.m. Thursday, May 14.
In March, Carlow County Council won a €35,330 judgement against Chan Holdings, with an address at the Harbour View Hotel, Rosslare Harbour. In October last year, Carlow Town Council won a €9,240 judgement against Chan Holdings, with the same Rosslare Harbour address.
James and Joyce Chan's daughter Shelley lists herself as the regional manager of Chan Holdings Limited, a firm she describes as 'a family-run company based in the South East of Ireland with a vast business portfolio consisting of hotels, restaurants and gaming businesses'.
'Life of the company spans three decades and started off with a chain of Oriental restaurants across the South East. The company has since expanded into the Hospitality and Gaming industries and is operated by a management team of highly trained professionals including Chan family members.
'I have worked in several of the businesses, mainly in the Courthouse Hotel in Carlow as Hotel General Manager for seven years and from March 2013 have taken on the role of Regional Manager and I currently oversee the management of the company and its various businesses.'
According to Grace Chan, the company's business portfolio includes: Harbour VIew Hotel, Rosslare Harbour, Cedars Hotel, Rosslare Strand, Courthouse Hotel, Carlow, Emerald Garden Chinese Restaurant, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Emerald Garden Take-Away, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Peppermill Chinese Restaurant, Rosslare Strand, Jim's Entertainment Centre, Bunclody and XL Stop & Shop, Rosslare.
The Peppermill is currently closed as is the XL Stop and Shop, with a notice on the door saying the shop is closed for the winter. In July 2012, Minister Brendan Howlin officially re-launched The Cedars Hotel, the last of James and Grace Chan's acquisitions. The couple said at the time they were creating 20 new jobs at The Cedars, which they were refurbishing. The hotel had at that time been closed since 2010. The Cedars closed on December 14 last year, announcing on Facebook 'to clear up any confusion' that it would be closed for the winter and re-opening on April 1. However, one would-be guest Nuala Finnegan said she made a reservation through booking.com for dates in April 'and when we got there the hotel was closed'. Another, Nicola O'Neill, said she had been trying to make a booking, but no-one was answering. Chan Holdings could not be reached for comment.