Historic Eastbourne Pier was sold late today (October 22) to flamboyant local hotelier Sheikh Abid Gulzar.
The exchange of contracts came at the end of a day of confusion, with the iconic landmark’s owners initially categorically denying it had been sold.
Crown Entertainment Centre issued a statement stating no contracts had been exchanged and no cash had changed hands for the listed building, despite Mr Gulzar’s claims the previous day that the sale had gone through.
Then came the dramatic news that Mr Gulzar had, indeed, been successful in the purchase. Completion is due next Friday (October 30).
Mr Gulzar, who owns two seafront hotels, a nursery and a hotel on the A22, said he wanted to be the “daddy of Eastbourne Pier” and make it “the best in the country”.
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