Burnt-out Canterbury diner up for sale
The diner on the A2 just outside
Canterbury torched by a disgruntled employee is to go under
the auctioneer’s hammer.
Formerly Mickey’s Diner and the Little Chef, the building on the
coastbound side of the road at Upper Harbledown is today little
more than a burnt-out shell.
Faversham man Daniel Freeman, 24, set fire to it in July 2011 as
revenge against his boss who had promoted him and given him extra
He caused damage worth £180,000 and was jailed for five years
after admitting arson and stealing £800 from the business.
Property auctioneers Clive Emson have given the diner a guide
price of £165,000 to £175,000.
The freehold site comes with 34 parking spaces and has planning
permission for a 29-bedroom hotel and restaurant.
Auctioneer Kevin Gilbert said: “The site is well known to a lot
of people in the area and we anticipate interest from developers in
the site, especially with the conditional planning permission in
place for a hotel and restaurant, with demolition of the current
Elsewhere, the former Sturry fire station at High Street,
Sturry, surplus to requirements and “with redevelopment potential”,
has a freehold guide of £100-110,000.
The auction takes place at the Kent County Showground in
Detling at 11am on Monday, February 4.
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