‘Something must be done’ with Chesterfield Hotel site, says new boss

Chesterfield Hotel.
Chesterfield Hotel.

The new boss of the company behind Chesterfield Hotel says he hopes to find a future use for the abandoned building.

Malcolm Aw, of Adeje, Tenerife, is now director of GS Trading VI (Chesterfield) Ltd.

The 67-year-old takes over from Daniel James O’Doherty, who resigned on February 1.

GS Trading VI (Chesterfield) Ltd operated the former hotel, which closed on January 31 after almost 140 years in the town.

The firm is still active, according to Companies House, but the future of the Malkin Street site is not currently known.

When contacted by the Derbyshire Times, Mr Aw stopped short of revealing his plans for the building but said: “Something must be done and I hope I can get myself into the position to do it.”

Chesterfield Hotel opened in 1877.

It was the venue for thousands of social occasions – including weddings, birthday celebrations and Christmas parties – and was a major employer.

When it closed, town leaders and residents expressed their sadness at the demise of the well-known institution, one of Chesterfield’s longest-running businesses.

Forty-five members of staff lost their jobs.

Mr Aw said: “I’m very sorry to learn of the way people have been left in the lurch.”

The exact reason for its closure has not been revealed – but former Chesterfield MP Toby Perkins held urgent talks with representatives from the hotel in January to discuss money problems.

Since its closure, criminals have targeted the building on two separate occasions, stealing property and smashing windows.