Desbarats

Marina Expansion Planned for 2018

Marina Expansion Planned for 2018
The Kensington Point Marina in Desbarats recently purchased Stobie’s Family Restaurant on Highway 17 and has some big plans for expanding their business in 2018.

The property has waterfront on the Desbarats River, easy access to Lake Huron, as well as high visibility along the Trans Canada Highway, which should make it an ideal location for selling boats. Owner David Farrar says, “We just didn’t have enough space at our current location to house a proper showroom. We could fit in a couple small boats and accessories, but nothing more.”

The plan is to demo the 100 year old building and construct a new open concept showroom with a 16’ ceiling. The spacious new building will nicely display 30’ boats, no problem.

Demolition should be completed within the next couple of weeks, starting as soon as all permits have been given final approval. Some remaining restaurant appliances and furniture have been sold off. The second story windows are new and will be reused, along with anything else that can be salvaged.

Kensington Point Marina is one of the area's largest employers, with a staff of 28 during the season, which typically runs April through October. The new showroom will offer year round sales, with parts and service available at both locations and is expected to create 4-6 new jobs.

The long-time marina at the end of Kensington Point Road, formerly Holder’s and Langstaff’s, has been a hidden secret. David says, “I still get customers all the time who say we had no idea that you were down here.” By expanding with an additional location on Highway 17, the best kept secret in Desbarats, will be a secret no more.