The owners of Barry’s Amusements have confirmed the Portrush landmark has been sold, with the 2.23 acre site now expected to be redeveloped as housing.
In a public statement, the Trufelli family thanked staff and visitors for their contribution to making Barry’s “such a special place” over its 95-year history.
“The Trufelli family wish to confirm that the Barry’s property has been sold and the business will now close,” said a spokesperson.
“We wish to thank all our loyal full-time and seasonal employees for their patience and understanding during the sale process, and for the key role they played in making Barry’s such a special place for the generations of people who visited us over the years.”
The Trufelli family had originally hoped to sell Barry’s as a going concern when it was first placed on the market in 2019, however the site was remarketed as a development opportunity in May by estate agents Savills.
The attraction, which was first opened in 1926 by Evelyn Chipperfield and Francesco Trufelli, was reportedly sold to property developer Martin Herbert in July for more than its £2.75m asking price, with the BBC citing “significant interest from developers.”
“As a family, we understand what a special place Barry’s held in many peoples’ hearts for almost a century,” added the Trufellis. “We hope you cherish your memories as much as we do.”