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New owner of former Barry's Amusements looking for leisure or entertainment tenant for site

The 2.22-acre site was sold earlier this year. Picture by Colm Lenaghan/Pacemaker Press

THE new owner of the former Barry's Amusements in Portrush has advertised for tenants to take on a "unique leisure and entertainment opportunity".

The 2.22-acre site was sold to Belfast businessman Michael Herbert earlier this year amid speculation it would be developed for housing.

The Trufelli family, which owned the venue since it opened in 1926, had originally put it on the market in November 2019 and had hoped it would be sold as a going concern.

It was re-marketed as a development opportunity in May 2021 and sold to Mr Herbert in August.

But there have been concerns among residents living near to the Co Antrim complex that it would be turned into apartments.

However, it has now emerged that the new owner could be trying to find a tenant in the entertainment or leisure sector to operate at the site.

On its marketing material, letting agent Osborne King describes the site as a "unique leisure and entertainment opportunity" and adds that it was "widely recognised as Northern Ireland’s largest and longest running amusement park".

"We have been instructed to secure a tenant for this prime leisure and entertainment venue," it states.

"We are open to discussions with all potential occupiers and further information on lease term and rent are available on request."

It also states that the amusement park equipment is not included.

"Please note the equipment is the property of the former owners and does not form part of any leasing agreement," it adds.

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