Liquidation Sale Preludes Resort Property's Redevelopment
Photos/text By Renee Burrell
The gates of the chain link security fence that now surrounds the 112 year old Belleview Biltmore opened last week for a 45 day liquidation sale of the hotel's non-historical contents
BELLEAIR - The historic Belleview Biltmore Resort, 25 Belleview Blvd, has turned over its non-historical contents for a six-week public liquidation sale. According to a press release announcing the sale, "The hotel's owners have retained the services of NCL/National Content Liquidators, leading experts in hotel liquidation management, to clear the hotel of its current contents as a prelude to the property's redevelopment."
The sale started Wednesday, July 8, and will continue for 45 days, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and will be open for business Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.
Hotel manager Martin Smith, estimated that 5,000 shoppers have come through the sale thus far. He said, "The sale is doing very well. It's very organized and running smoothly. Saturday alone saw 1,800 people."
Shoppers should be prepared to stand in line as groups of 50 at a time are led in to the sale. Handicapped access is provided for. "During the week, the wait to get in is no more than 10 minutes," said Smith. Though the buyers are responsible for moving purchased items out, there are moving dollies available for use and shoppers are able to pull their trucks and trailers up to the hotel's lobby entrance.
For sale on a first come first served basis with the buyer responsible for hauling are: wall hangings; floral arrangements; objects d' art; light fixtures, including art nouveau chandeliers and sconces; ceiling fans; armoires, writing desks; sleigh and poster beds; couches, loungers; and loveseats. Patio and outdoor furniture from the hotel's grounds and also from the hotel's Sand Key property, the Cabana Club, are on site and for sale.
Other fixtures and items included in the sale are: office furnishings, antique pine panel doors, pedestal sinks, bar equipment, commercial kitchen equipment, PTAC units, and commercial laundry equipment.
A multitude of photographs featuring sale items can be viewed on NCL's website at: www.nclsales.com.
There are no refunds, no checks or American Express cards accepted. Visa, Master Card and Discover are acceptable methods for payment, if not paying with cash.
The Belleview Biltmore closed June 1, 2008. Its projected grand reopening is January 2012, to coincide with the resort's 115-year anniversary. The Belleview Biltmore Golf Club and dining will remain open during the entire restoration process.
For more information about the sale, call (727) 441-9690.
Furniture from the hotel's 250 guest rooms and suites are up for grabs --armoires, dressers, writing desks and beds are sought after items by hoteliers, landlords and individuals.
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