THE iconic Linton and Robinson store in Strabane was sold just hours before going under the hammer in Belfast.
The former department store had been due to go to auction with Osborne-King at the Clayton Hotel in Belfast recently.
However an eager buyer made the purchase before the bidding could even start.
The maximum reserve was initially listed as £225,000 but according to a spokesperson from the auctioneers, the purchased prize went beyond that figure.
“The client did a deal before the auction,” senior surveyor at Osborne-King, Thomas Osborne explained. “The reserve was £225,000 but it would have gone for more than that: It exceeded the reserve.”
However Mr Osborne explained that he was not at liberty to divulge the price or the identity of the property’s new owner or owners.
Situated on Abercorn Square, Linton and Robinson closed four years ago with the loss of dozens of jobs.
The building, which went up for sale in 2013 after the company went into administration, had previously been on the market for £550,000. However whilst it was reported at that time that several offers were made for the property, none were accepted and the former department store was subsequently withdrawn from the market.
The company had been in the town for almost 60 years, though the building had a history which stretched back far beyond that. In the early part of the last century, the ‘Temperance Hotel’ operated on the site.