MSA upgrade ready in March

shburton Club & MSA trustee Shane Calder (left) and club president Gary Fransen in front of new signage at the venue.

The Ashburton Club & MSA’s multi-million dollar rebuild and refurbishment is on target for an end of March completion.

The club has just changed supplier and has penned a new deal with the Super Liquor franchise.

MSA president Gary Fransen said he was excited to see the progress of the rebuild.

There had been delays because of covid, but the rebuild was on target and on budget, based on revised financials.

The name Noble 600 had been chosen for the new restaurant, which harked backed to the days of prohibition and referred to the number of citizens of the district fortunate enough to be club members when the town went dry.

Mr Fransen said the new, large restaurant would be accessed from the Burnett Street entrance, which included a bar and three functions rooms in the complex.

The restaurant would feature an exterior courtyard with retractable roof.

Upstairs would house the billiard room, offices and a function room.

The combined spaces could seat 200 and meant the MSA could cater to larger groups than before, said Mr Fransen.

“We’re really looking forward to presenting the finished building to members and the wider community and we see the venue as the social hub of Ashburton.”

He said a lot of work had gone into the upgrade project and main contractor Bradfords was to be praised for its efforts.

The switch from the Liquor Centre to Super Liquor was also a coup for the club and would continue to mean good discounts for members.

The future of the Ashburton Club & MSA was bright for its near 4000 members, said Mr Fransen.

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