Sugar Hut owner buys Essex hotel

Sugar Hut owner buys Essex hotel

Norcross aims to bring West End to Essex

Norcross aims to bring West End to Essex

Leigh-on-Sea's Grand Hotel
Leigh-on-Sea’s Grand Hotel

Sugar Hut boss and The Only Way is Essex star Michael Norcross has acquired a hotel in Leigh-on-Sea he plans to develop into a boutique hotel.

Norcross plans to open the Grand Hotel with a spa and restaurant that will bring the ‘quality West End hotel experience to Essex’.

The Grand Hotel closed as a hotel in 2008 and Norcross signed the lease to take over the building in September 2013. Some maintenance work has already been put in place including roof repairs. Norcross and son Kirk had been discussing the new hotel back in 2011 during the third series of the popular TOWIE television show.

“I have long admired this iconic building and dreamed of rejuvenating it to reflect the original architecture. It has been my desire to bring the quality West End hotel experience to Essex and I see this building and its location as the perfect opportunity to achieve my dream,” said Norcross.

“My vision is for this classical building to be used by everyone throughout the community, enjoying quality food and drink and utilising it for various events from weddings and family celebrations to art exhibitions, fashion shows and anything else which would usefully serve the region. The business itself will employ people from the surrounding area and I intend to source local suppliers and use the finest locally available produce.”

The acquisition was handled through Fleurets. 

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