Going, going, gone: Pub sold to ?nice guy? Greg
By JANE GARDNER
MEET 43 year old 'nice guy' Greg Campbell, the Lennox Head developer who splashed out $14 million for the Lennox Point Hotel.
The popular coastal pub was officially handed over to Mr Campbell and his younger brother, Clyde, from the Lennox Head Property Trust, yesterday after a six-day bidding wrangle with three prominent hoteliers.
A recognisable face at the hotel, he enjoys having a punt on the horses and loves to have a good laugh wherever possible.
The brothers are determined to create a better pub without disturbing the chilled-out vibe.
"The place works and it's a great spot, but it can be improved," Mr Campbell said.
"We've got ideas to renovate and redevelop the place and we have short term and medium term plans."
These plans include a revamp of the front bar, beginning with the installation of concertina windows to offer patrons better views of the ocean.
Mr Campbell said he would not use the development licence for 10 motel rooms that came with the sale.
Instead, he plans to eventually use the space to create a childfriendly lounge, an aspect of the pub he says is lacking.
Former owner Chris Condon, who has now officially retired from the hotel business in NSW, said he couldn't think of anyone better to take over the reins.
"I'm a bit melancholy to see it go, but I'm pretty happy it's gone to someone local," Mr Condon said.
"Besides, Greg is a close and personal friend, and if he doesn't do well he'll kill me."