Mitchell jumps on tourism opportunity

Port McNeill native Willie Mitchell has purchased the Marina West Motel in Tofino

Willie Mitchell has partnered with two others to buy Motel in Tofino.

Willie Mitchell has partnered with two others to buy Motel in Tofino.

Willie Mitchell, former captain of the Florida Panthers and the pride of Port McNeill, and Dan Hamhuis, a former Vancouver Canucks defenceman who signed this summer with the Dallas Stars, partnered with Andrew Purdey, a Mill Bay-based developer, to buy the 63-room motel, restaurant and marina.

On the resort’s Facebook page, Mitchell posted: “We are committed to making it one of the best blue-collar marinas in the Pacific Northwest by adding fresh resources, energy, and eyes to the property. All three of us are B.C. boys from small towns who have a passion for fishing, the outdoors, our oceans and that small-town camaraderie.”

The four-acre property was previously owned by Victoria-based LeFevre and Company. Colliers International listed the development in March for $6.5-million. Its 2015 assessed value was $5.8 million. The final sale price is not known.