The building that once housed the defunct Maurice nightclub on Grande Allée will remain deserted this summer, barring any surprise.
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After two years of pandemic, Groupe Santé Expert President Daniel Vermette has gotten his hands on the remaining part of the property.
In 2020, a month before COVID-19 shut down the planet, the building’s owner, Denis Pelletier, had effectively sold a majority of his shares to this Quebec group, who wanted to restart the site in 2021, but the crisis lingered.
According to public documents, Daniel Vermette got his hands on two-thirds of the property in a $3.83 million transaction at the time.
A few days ago, the businessman bought the last missing third for two million dollars. The building is for rent, but the organizers are in no hurry. The owner did not provide any information about the future use of the building.
“There is nothing at the moment. It’s for rent. There aren’t that many activities. We will reactivate it soon. We fell into a very bad one timed coordination‘ said Daniel Vermette.
In view of an uncertain economic situation, he believes that the summer will pass. “People are not in a hurry to invest, so autumn should reignite discussions,” he concluded.
The defunct Maurice Nightclub on Grande Allée closed in 2017 after 23 years. The second wind of the disco will only exist for a few months.
The restaurant Bistro Patrizio & Co was opened and then closed again. For their part, the owners of the Cosmos restaurant chain have decided not to reopen their restaurant on the Grande Allée in 2020.
The idea of building a hotel with around thirty rooms on the site had been hinted at, but Daniel Vermette, also a co-owner of several pharmacies, had ruled out the idea for 2020. A nightclub project is also not in the planning stage.
Restoration, aesthetics, retail or entertainment, the projects do not yet seem precise.
Since the closure of Maurice, Denis Pelletier had tried several times to revive the facility.