Everything old is... old again at new Rockhampton CBD shop

ONE of Rockhampton CBD's heritage-listed buildings is set for a new lease of life... as an antique shop.

The Quay St building is one of two heritage-listed sites which sold recently for more than $1million each.

The buildings settled within a week of each other.

Knight Frank consultant Jonathon Offord said the new owners were planning on working and living in their properties.

Jim Elnott bought the property on Quay St and is positive about how his business moves forward from here.

"We're planning on renaming it 'Riverston' once we've moved in," he said.

"We're going to turn upstairs into a residence, and shift the antique shop to the lower section... we would like someone to open a coffee shop downstairs amongst the antiques."

He is currently operating his antique business, House of Treasures, in William St and is excited for the change.

"It will be very different. Hopefully it will create some more interest around the CBD," he said.

Mr Offord said both buildings were trademarks of Rockhampton.

"The building on Quay St is the old Queensland National Bank, which was built in the 1880s," he said.

"It's an iconic Rockhampton building; it held around 40% of Queensland's money."

Mr Offord said the sale of the two buildings was a positive move towards the revitalisation of Rockhampton's CBD.

"It's good to see some action and business in the area... it should bring some energy into the CBD," he said.

"It is nice to know there are people looking to move to the CBD and not be scared off by doom and gloom associated with the supposedly bad parking."



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