Real estate agent acquires Pearl Beach cafe and grocery store

The popular Pearl Beach Café and Grocery Store has recently changed hands with boutique real estate agency, Coast Realty, now coming onboard in a bid to help support the local economy.

Kevin McCunn, who has owned the café and grocery store for the past nine years, said the venue has so much potential, and welcomed the investment from Coast Realty.

“The hospitality industry has had an incredibly tough two years navigating through a global pandemic,” McCunn said.

“As a business and ordinarily busy holiday destination, we have come up against so many challenges.

“We are in such a wonderful spot in Pearl Beach, but we simply haven’t been able to maximise the venue’s full potential during such difficult times.

“We are incredibly excited to have the Coast Realty team join us in making this place as magnificent as it truly deserves.”

McCunn will stay on in a managerial position under the guidance and leadership of the Coast Realty team for a transitional period.

In what may seem to be a strange move for a real estate agency, Co-founder of Coast Realty, Troy Rushton, said it was an obvious decision for the organisation.

“When this opportunity presented itself, it absolutely made sense to step in and help.,” Rushton said.

“We see this as a way to give back to the local community and plan to use it as an opportunity to better serve the needs of both locals and visitors to the area,” he said.

“We plan to support other local businesses, from the produce we serve at the café and stock in the grocery store, to the musicians used at events, we hope to create something truly special for all to enjoy and be part of.

 “We feel a real sense of responsibility to help support this little slice of paradise in Pearl Beach.

“We want to ensure it remains as much of a special place for the locals, as it is for the guests that visit.”

Chef and hospitality expert, Pauly Mac, will work alongside Chef Cam to improve on the overall café offering and menu strategy.

It’s reported Pauly will review and improve everything, from operations and service to suppliers and food at the store.

The team will also be focused on giving the venue a face-lift, with high and low seating options and new spaces for everyone to enjoy.

The acquisition builds upon Coast Realty’s already established position within the Pearl Beach community through sales, rental and holiday services.

This year sees Coast Realty’s fourth year sponsoring Opera in the Arboretum.

The esteemed event is hosted and organised by the Woy Woy Rotary Club which attracts visitors and high-profile talent from far and wide.

“Coast Realty has always been a big supporter of Woy Woy Rotary.

“This year we welcome them as a top-tier sponsor and we are incredibly excited to see how they plan to tie in their newly acquired café to our wonderful event and visiting guests,” Opera Sponsorship Officer, John Regan, said.

President of the Pearl Beach Progress Association, Russell Grove, said it would be a beneficial move to the entire community.

“The Coast Realty team truly cares about Pearl Beach and we are always grateful for their ongoing support and involvement in our village and community activities,” Grove said.

“We are excited to welcome them even further into the community with their newly-acquired venture and we look forward to seeing what they do with this wonderfully positioned venue.”

Media release, Feb 15
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