A landmark hotel overlooking Exmouth seafront is set to re-open next month – a year after it went into administration.
The Imperial Hotel, on Exmouth Esplanade, was one of four Shearings Hotels to close in May 2020.
Now under new management, the Imperial Hotel will reopen in May 2021 and is looking to recruit staff.
The Esplanade in Paignton, The Imperial Hotel in Exmouth, and The Torbay and Tor Park in Torquay, are set to reopen as part of the Coast & Country Hotel Collection, a newly-formed group of former Shearings Hotels.
All four hotels went into administration in May 2020 as part of Shearings Hotels. At the time it was feared they would close indefinitely.
New management and entering into a Hotel Management Agreement with Bespoke Hotels has resulted in the properties reopening.
As part of the reopening the hotels are looking to recruit ‘heavily’, locally.
More than 120 jobs are vacant across the four properties.
The hotel group said applicants were welcome to enquire about the positions available.
Paul FitzGerald, portfolio managing director, said: “Given the enormous challenges of the last few months, we’re delighted to bring these properties back to market.
“Integral parts of Devon’s hotel offering, we know their initial closure was felt keenly amongst their respective communities.
“Now though, with reopening plans in place, we’re able to offer not just jobs and wider tourism opportunities, but hospitality services that people can engage with as restrictions lift.”
He added: “With the country having been unable to enjoy the delights of hospitality for so long, everyone is eager to enjoy themselves post lockdown, and as people are starting to realise these properties are reopening, we’re already seeing keen interest to book – something that bodes really well for their future success.”
Thomas Greenall, Bespoke Hotels managing director, said: “Coast & Country Hotel Collection is made up of some prominent local hotels in some wonderful and well-established leisure locations and we’re thrilled to be able to facilitate their reopening.
“We know the initial closures of many of these properties caused a real stir in their local communities last year, so we hope they’ll be keen to embrace their reopening and support the individual hotels in their endeavours.”
He added: “We hope this will be regarded as a very positive move for the industry – delivering jobs, support for communities and vital trade for suppliers and ancillary businesses.”
The hotel group said it has ‘sought to actively re-employ previous staff’ while also offering new jobs to those keen to join the hospitality industry.