A desire to preserve a town’s legacy combined with a passion for heritage buildings is a driving force behind the resurrection of one of Creswick’s oldest and most recognisable commercial buildings. Local builder Brad Blake and partner Katrina Wrigley have purchased the former Pasco’s Hardware store and adjacent buildings with the intention of developing the precinct as a multi-purpose retail hub and other uses.
The property has stood empty since the hardware shop ceased trading in 2007 having been founded and operated by the same family for over 150 years. In that time, the property operated as a “find anything here” hardware, a funeral parlour and other services, so to once again become a multi-faceted area somehow seems fitting.
Brad and Katrina are both ‘natives’ of Creswick and have strong links with its history. Brad is well known in the area having run his building business for over 25 years. In homage to the former owners and their role in the development of the town, Brad and Katrina have retained the name, Pasco & Co.
The property comprises the large shopfront, surrounding land, the heritage listed red brick building and two dwellings, all of which lend themselves to a variety of uses – some suggestions have included a bike shop, outdoor equipment retailer, nursery and others. Brad says, “the spaces are flexible and the landlord is flexible”. They are looking for expressions of interest from potential tenants with a vision for utilising part of a landmark area in a very visible part of town – a town that is moving forward.
This is an opportunity for anyone who has a dream to start a new business or expand an existing one. It just needs imagination, drive and a desire to have a go. Expressions of interest can be directed to Katrina Wrigley, email firstname.lastname@example.org – 0408 424 621