Old brewery site bubbling

MOST people would find it daunting to take on an established 7.9 hectare industrial estate.

Les and Jan McGill however have flourished.

Les has now become the spokesperson of what is now the ‘Grafton Industrial Village’ for the new owner,
Regional Industrial and Commercial Investments Pty Limited (RICI) while Jan manages the village.

The estate changed hands just before Christmas in 2007, and had 27 tenants on site.
Now, there are 35 tenants within the village and RICI is utilising just 70 per cent of its capacity, so there is room for more.

The businesses are diverse and include a ladies’ fitness centre, mechanics, swim school, window manufacturer, plumber, boat sales, electrician, rural suppliers and many others.

Les along with John Steer, who originally worked for Tooheys, are very hands-on and can be seen on daily upgrading the facilities, chatting with the tenants and attending to the needs of the village, which on most days has more than 200 on people on site.

Two new warehouses are nearing completion and the village is also DA approved for another factory/warehouse of 2600 square metres facing North Street.

The next project is to bring the Tooheys ‘Tower’ back to its former glory and allow tenants to occupy this Grafton icon.

“We are really hoping to open a coffee shop on site,” Les said.

Anyone interested in business opportunities at the site should call Les McGill on 6642 8168 or 0418 777 117.

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