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Historic hotel still receiving investment despite uncertainty over Spanish owners

Imperial Hotel in Blackpool still uncertain over it's future.

The prestigious and much loved Imperial Hotel in Blackpool is still receiving investment despite uncertainty surrounding its Spanish owners.

General manager of the flagship hotel, Nick Testa, said trading remained good, however he couldn’t comment further regarding the situation surrounding the hotel’s hierarchy.

The Imperial, which hosted the Labour Party’s regional conference last month, is part of the Barcelo Group which is reportedly involved in a dispute over rents with Puma Hotels which is the company it leases its properties from.

Puma claim they received a letter from Barcelo this week stating that unless rents were thought through again ‘it is intending to withdraw financial supports from its UK hotels business.’

Despite this, £1.5million is still being invested in upgrading both inside and outside the property.

Nick Testa added: “We’re investing substantially in the property and that is continuing as we speak. I believe more people are taking a second look at Blackpool and there is huge confidence in the future of the town.”

President of StayBlackpool, Claire Smith also had the same feelings. She said: “The Imperial is essential to Blackpool, it is a beautiful building and it is one of our most important hotels because of the history there.”

A statement on the website of Shore Capital, which controls Puma Hotels reads: the directors of Puma Hotels “have indicated they intend to enforce all Puma Hotel’s rights under the leases “including the guarantees provided by the Spanish group “to the fullest extent possible”

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