One of Goulburn's most prominent buildings is on the market. The building, out of which the Dimmey's and Harvey Norman stores are currently operating, is up for sale.
"The asking price for the property is $5.5 million," said real estate agent Peter Mylonas. Peter Mylonas Property Solutions is looking after the sale. "We are talking to few interested buyers."
Geoff Maguire, franchise manager at Dimmey's, has been in Goulburn for 25 years. He has also been with the local store since it opened in the city in the mid 1990s.
"It was Grace Bros before we took over," he said. "Doug Zappelli, the owner of the building decided to purchase the building in 1996 and that's when we opened a Dimmey's store here.
"With the retail chain closing down nationally, he has now decided to sell the building and there have been several expressions of interest.
"Mr Zappelli is also considering the option of renting the space."
The heritage building has a total area of about 7000 square metres.
The three-floor building currently has a Harvey Norman store in the basement, and a hairdressers, apart from Dimmey's store on the ground floor.
The Harvey Norman store, which has been a tenant since 2005, is keen to stay on.
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There are discussions revolving around splitting the front area, where the Dimmey's store is, into two spaces.
The front area is about 1200 square metres; the back is about 1100 square metres.
The top floor is currently serving as a storage space.
"Half of the top floor has Harvey Norman's reserve stock while the other half is currently occupied by Dimmey's stock," Mr Maguire said.
"Lot of options are available to utilise that space.
"Harvey Norman can expand their storage space or it can be converted into an office."
The store has 10 staff members, and a closing down sale.
Thomas Brodie, a Scottish building contractor arrived in Goulburn in 1838 and built the Salutation Inn at the intersection of Auburn and Montague Street, according to Grand Goulburn written by Stephen J. Tazewell.
The building was purchased by Charles Roger in 1901 and the corner tower designed by Goulburn architect, E.C. Manfred, was added to the building.
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