By Clyde Mooney

The pair behind Queensland’s biggest winery have brought their collection of pubs to an even half-dozen, all purchased in the last year.

Sirromet Wines' Terry Morris and Dean Merrell yesterday finalised the purchase of the Warehouse Tavern, near Yatala, from former pub landlord Robert Fraser-Scott.

The latest deal comes after the duo last month set up a dedicated pubs division, the Good Times Pub Group, to manage their rapidly expanding hotel operations.

The award-winning Warehouse Tavern (pictured above) has been on the market since Fraser-Scott listed his three pub properties last June, in a move reported as ‘concentrating on other business interests’.

It represents another ‘right place, right time’ buy for the pair of wine-makers who never set out deliberately to make a string of pub purchases, a spokesperson told TheShout.

The Warehouse is the largest venue bought by Morris and Merrell to date and the first venue with significant off-premise interests, incorporating a discount liquor superstore attached plus an off-site bottleshop at nearby Ormeau Junction Shopping Centre.

The group has no immediate plans to expand on Queensland’s licensing conditions allowing up to four liquor outlets associated with a venue.

Morris has proved himself a good business bet, regularly exploring new options despite having enjoyed a seat on BRW’s Rich 200 list for the past seven years.

Sirromet Wines takes its name from the reverse spelling of its founder, Terry E Morris.

The Shout Team

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