And the potential purchaser is not, as reported elsewhere, the Crown Group, which runs hotels in Stoke-on-Trent, Nottingham and Longton.
However, the purchaser, whose identity is still undisclosed, has tasked the Crown Hotel in Longton to recruit staff for the Crown in Stone, Hotel Manager Paul Hancock told the Gazette.
“We have had over 500 applications for a range of posts including a manager, chefs, restaurant and bar staff which appeared on the government’s Directgov website last month,” he said. “We are very much hoping that former staff will re-apply,” he continued. “We will certainly consider their applications very carefully.”
“We are also looking for temporary maintenance workers to help renovate the building,” Mr Hancock said, adding that he could not say exactly when the Crown would reopen. “It depends on what we find when we get in there and have a proper look at what repairs need doing.”
The Crown closed suddenly in July 2013 after previous owner Harpreet Singh ran into financial problems. However, Mexican restaurant “Chico’s” which occupies part of its ground floor, has remained open throughout.
The sale price for the Grade II building which originally went on the market at £1.5 million, later halved to £750,000 is rumoured to be in the region of £400,000.