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Essex: TOWIE star and Sugar Hut boss Mick Norcross acquires Grand Hotel in Leigh-on-Sea

21:49 21 April 2014

Michael Norcross buys the Grand Hotel, Leigh-on-Sea

Michael Norcross buys the Grand Hotel, Leigh-on-Sea

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Multi-million pound re-development plans

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Grand Hotel, Leigh-on-Sea has been bought bu Michael NorcrossGrand Hotel, Leigh-on-Sea has been bought bu Michael Norcross

The Only Way is Essex star and Sugar Hut boss Michael Norcross has acquired the Grand Hotel Leigh-on-Sea and has obtained planning permission to turn the property, closed since 2008, into a boutique hotel and restaurant.

Bob Whittle, director at property specialists Fleurets, handled the deal.

Michael Norcross said: “I have long admired this iconic building and dreamed of rejuvenating it to reflect the original architecture.

“It has been my desire to bring the quality West End hotel experience to Essex and I see this building and its location as the perfect opportunity to achieve my dream.”

“My vision is for this classical building to be used by everyone throughout the community, enjoying quality food and drink and utilising it for various events from weddings and family celebrations to art exhibitions, fashion shows and anything else which would usefully serve the region.

“The business itself will employ people from the surrounding area and I intend to source local suppliers and use the finest locally available produce.”

In 2012 Mr Norcross purchased the freehold of his Sugar Hut premises in Brentwood from Enterprise Inns for £1.3m.

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