While the circuit breaker protocols have closed the doors of many pubs… temporarily…one popular pub, the Gorge Pointe Pub and Liquor Stop, is set to close their doors permanently.
Abstract Developments, a Greater Victoria development company, has purchased the Esquimalt property at 1075 Tillicum Road with plans to redevelop the site.
In a media release, Abstract stated the longstanding institution will close at the end of the year, despite efforts to extend the lease with them.
According to the Gorge Pointe Pub owner Mike Louis, he was under the assumption that they were still under negotiations to extend the lease.
“As far as we knew, we were still trying to work on something,” Louis told Victoria Buzz.
“We’ve been trying to work to sell the business for a while now, and Abstract came to us last year at the start of the pandemic. We’ve owned the property for 15 years, and if we had a quality deal, we would have gone through with it.”
Abstract Developments said they were looking for community opinion to understand what will be developed at the current site of the Gorge Pointe Pub in the future.
“It’s important we hear from the members of the immediate community in order to understand what is important to them as we move forward with our application”, said Mike Miller, President and CEO of Abstract Developments.
“This location along the Gorge waterway makes it an attractive site to both live and access nearby services.”
This is a developing story, more to come.