THE old KFC building on William Street has been given a new lease on life after being gutted and refurbished to make room for Kroesen & Co. Lawyers.
The distinctive red and white frontage of the fast food giant was a feature of Beaudesert before KFC moved to a drive-through premises on Brisbane Street in February last year.
The new owner of 1-3 William Street, Cliff Kroesen said he had spent seven months refurbishing the building with a view to honouring its rich history for the town.
"It used to be Holdgates Grocer on this corner in 1921, then it became Audley Winship stock and station agents at number one with a store for farm implements next door at number three," he said.
Mr Kroesen said the building had also housed two pharmacies, a real estate and a horse and pony supply store before KFC moved into town in the late 70s as Beaudesert's first fast food outlet.
"When I saw the building was up for sale I just had to buy it," he said.
"My parents moved the Beaudesert Shire in the 60s and my family has lived here since."
Mr Kroesen said he wanted to restore the building to its period character after gutting the store and uncovering original external boards from the Audley Winship days.
"I sourced material like the interior office doors, which were the original 1901 doors from Star of the Sea Convent," he said.
"I have used silky oak because that was the Australian timber they used back then."
Mr Kroesen also employed specialist plasterers to reinstate ornate cornice work and installed muted lighting and period furniture.
He said he would be operating from the premises for the long term.
"I wanted a place where I could practise until I retire," Mr Kroesen said.
"Beaudesert needs long term lawyers and you can't commit much more than buying the building."