THE former KFC store on William Street is up for auction and set to go under the hammer on Friday, May 10.
The news has been welcomed by Beaudesert businesses and residents fed up with the darkened premises and dirty windows since KFC moved to a new drive-through premises on Brisbane Street in February.
Owner of Central Place coffee shop Bean To? Sonya van Gent said she was glad the KFC store had been given a good clean up and would be sold soon.
"It's not like we've lost KFC altogether and this sale opens up the door for something new and fresh," she said.
"It would be great if we had a store there selling local produce from the little guys, where people could fill up jars with home-grown stuff.
"People could buy exactly what they need, while supporting local business, cutting waste and recycling at the same time."
Ray White Commercial Queensland Retail Sales father and son duo Stephen and Elliot Kidd have been tasked with conducting the auction at the Central Place site from 10.30am.
Mr Stephen Kidd said the site, which covers about 207sq metres on a prime corner in Beaudesert, was an excellent opportunity for an owner-occupier or investor.
"We are very confident we will sell it, but whether it will be to a local or external tenant remains to be seen," he said.
"The property is exposed to about 70,000 vehicles every week and offers a substantial volume of free customer exposure for any business."
Mr Kidd said the location of KFC was ideal for another food outlet or another business.
"It is all set up for a restaurant and there are plenty of national food tenants who are not in Beaudesert," he said.
"The street frontage is enhanced by a nicely lawned and maintained public space with covered benches for free external dining and a tasteful WWI memorial."
Mr Kidd said online and video bidding would also be available on request for those unable to attend the auction. Phone 0413 550 474 for login details.