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Tuesday 20 August 2019

Hotel ahead closes down of schedule

WEXFORD'S recent spell of snow proved the final straw for owners of Newbay Country House who have shut their doors for good.

Manager Alex Scallan said the company had hoped to continue trading on through the Christmas season, but the inclement weather made it impossible to do business at the already hard-pressed hotel.

'The snow was the final nail in the coffin. We were going to try to push into next year, but we decided there's no point,' said Alex this week.

The impressive country house hotel closed its doors on December 1, and said that the decision made had 'not

been taken lightly'.

In a statement on their website, the Scallans said that the continuing high cost of ' operating business in this country' made the decision 'inevitable'.

They went on to thank the staff and to confirm that ' all statutory requirements will be honoured'.

They also stressed that all suppliers and creditors would be paid in full, while deposits or vouchers for the hotel will be refunded.

Escalating operational costs made business at the hotel, which the Scallan's opened in 2004, untenable. A casino, which had operated at Newbay, closed over a year ago.

'Costs were just spiralling. Our rates in 2007 were €8,500, now they are just shy of €16,000,' he said adding that insurance, VAT and other costs were pushing hotels out of business, while custom had also decreased.

'Many of our regular dining customers are terrified with what the budget will bring. Instead of coming out on Saturday night they are sitting at home with a take away and a bottle of wine from Lidl,' he said.

He described the decision to close as 'sad' after seven years in operation.

Plans for the building are uncertain for now. ' It's just been closed and will be secured for the time being,' he said. WEXFORD'S recent spell of snow proved the final straw for owners of Newbay Country House who have shut their doors for good.

Manager Alex Scallan said the company had hoped to continue trading on through the Christmas season, but the inclement weather made it impossible to do business at the already hard-pressed hotel.

'The snow was the final nail in the coffin. We were going to try to push into next year, but we decided there's no point,' said Alex this week.

The impressive country house hotel closed its doors on December 1, and said that the decision made had 'not

been taken lightly'.

In a statement on their website, the Scallans said that the continuing high cost of ' operating business in this country' made the decision 'inevitable'.

They went on to thank the staff and to confirm that ' all statutory requirements will be honoured'.

They also stressed that all suppliers and creditors would be paid in full, while deposits or vouchers for the hotel will be refunded.

Escalating operational costs made business at the hotel, which the Scallan's opened in 2004, untenable. A casino, which had operated at Newbay, closed over a year ago.

'Costs were just spiralling. Our rates in 2007 were €8,500, now they are just shy of €16,000,' he said adding that insurance, VAT and other costs were pushing hotels out of business, while custom had also decreased.

'Many of our regular dining customers are terrified with what the budget will bring. Instead of coming out on Saturday night they are sitting at home with a take away and a bottle of wine from Lidl,' he said.

He described the decision to close as 'sad' after seven years in operation.

Plans for the building are uncertain for now. ' It's just been closed and will be secured for the time being,' he said.

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