Tuesday afternoon the recent Coalmont Hotel managers, Debbie and Dave, locked up the premises and drove away. Their dreams of buying the Hotel and moving to Coalmont were not to be.
Saying goodbye was not easy. After putting in a huge amount of work the place was probably cleaner than it has been in decades. Unfortunately, they had been unable to reach a satisfactory agreement with the owner. Apparently it was not the price, but rather legal issues with water and health regulations which stalled the transaction.
Looking back over the last number of years one can see that every new manager who has come here to try their hand with this establishment has failed. Sometimes, like in this case, it ends in heatbreak. Other times the relationship just seems to mysteriously end. It is indeed odd that with so many kicks at the can, that it has never worked out. In fact one is tempted to add this to the long list of Coalmont mysteries.
What will happen next is anybody’s guess. If and when we receive valid information about new management or business plans it will be reported here. But whatever happens with the Hotel, we certainly wish Debbie and Dave the best. §