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Scheveningen pier declared bankrupt, no buyer found

Wednesday 02 January 2013

Scheveningen pier has been declared bankrupt after its owners, hotel and catering family Van der Valk, failed to find a buyer.

The pier was put up for sale in March but parts of it were closed to the public in November because it is no longer considered safe.

The Van der Valks bought the pier in 1991 for the symbolic amount of one guilder. 'We have tried to make the pier a profitable enterprise but the returns are too thin. We can better invest the millions needed elsewhere,' Rob van der Valk told the Telegraaf when the sale was announced.


A spokesman for The Hague city council said the local authority presumed ‘Van der Valk will continue to take care of the maintenance’. A spokesman for the company told Nos television this would not be possible.

A number of other companies currently use the pier and it is not clear what will happen to them, Nos said.

The original pier was designed in 1900 and stretched 380 metres into the sea, ending in an octagonal platform with a pavilion used for music performances.

During World War II, the pavilion was used by the German occupying forces for storage. In 1943 the Germans tore down the pier by sawing off the piles. The new pier was officially inaugurated in 1961.

© DutchNews.nl


Readers' Comments

The whole area around the beach in Scheveningen seems to be stuck in another era (and not in a good way). One only needs to check hotel review sites and see that some of the worst scores for the whole country are in Scheveningen. The bars and cafes around the pier are overpriced and the service is just terrible.

I am not shocked that the pier is bankrupt. It is part of a region that failed to adapt to an era of consumer awareness. Twenty or 30 years ago they could get away with horrendous and overpriced service because people had no way of finding out beforehand. With the advent of the internet, this is no longer possible.

By Gretchen | 2 January 2013 4:28 PM

It's about time the tear down that ugly thing and replace it with something that looks like the original peer (the one destroyed by the Germans during WW2).

By Fred | 2 January 2013 4:37 PM

What will they do? Knock it down? If one property isn't profitable can they claim bankruptcy when they own so many other hotels/restaurants?

By M | 2 January 2013 6:17 PM

Reading this article just gave me an idea. :)

Let the government buy the pier, turn it into a Dutch version of Guantanamo Bay Prison, then fill it with the 'home, family & business wrecking' banksters before they start more of their sneaky conniving tricks to hurt us all again, cheers. ;)

By The visitor | 2 January 2013 10:48 PM

Well the Pier, as many other Dutch "landmarks" built from after WWII to until early 2000's, is not a nice artefact, it would be better to tear it down and build something nicer.

By Sergio | 3 January 2013 9:15 AM

In UK they just burn them down and call it an accidental and unfortunate fire. Unfortunate for those paying insurance premiums. Failing that just house a chicken farm at the end and it will be up in flames before you can say kip sate.

By Dr Ponzi | 3 January 2013 9:18 AM

Why bankrupt? They bought it for $1. Why not turn it into a non profit hotel and house some homeless people and provide them a decent job? Its time big corporations do something for society and not always so profit oriented.

By ufo | 3 January 2013 9:25 AM

What is the price tag (estimated if not actual)placed by Rob Van der Valk ?????

By NAK | 4 January 2013 7:08 PM

Regarding rebuilding Scheveningen Pier http://tinyurl.com/HCB-Boardwalk

By Rhonda VW | 13 January 2013 6:24 PM

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