With family patriarch Barry Bernoth at the helm, the company has moved from retailing to property development. With a steady upward growth the business now owns in excess of 25,000 square metres of commercial and retail space accommodating more than 50 tenancies. Still as active and enthusiastic as ever, Barry Bernoth is in the throes of producing one of the most exciting projects in the history of Bernoth Properties. The company is redeveloping 661 Ruthven Street into what Bernoth describes as a “cutting edge, architecturally designed office space on the fringe of Toowoomba’s CBD”.
“Originally a warehouse, the building will retain its original character and volumes whilst providing all the facilities that support the requirements of the contemporary workplace,” Bernoth says. “The refurbishment will be done by local builders IJC and LJ Hooker will do the marketing. When the transformation is complete in mid 2015, tenancies will be available from 140 square metres to 1500 square metres and already one tenant has taken 500 square metres.”
This is all a long way from the days when Barry worked part time mending bicycle tyres and selling Malvern Star bikes. His aptitude and application soon led to him managing five stores for Malvern Star before deciding to strike out on his own.
Well-known city buildings, such as the Bernoth Centre, which was opened in the late 1980s, carry the family name. At this stage, the family was moving towards property development.
Since then building developments and refurbishments have included the NAB Ruthven Street, Education Centre, CBA Business Banking Centre, 428-434 Ruthven Street, 317 Margaret Street and Gabbinbar Homestead.
“It has been a privilege to work with family and a privilege to have played a part in developing new buildings as well as refurbishing some of Toowoomba’s stately older buildings,” Bernoth says.
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