Fight goes to court

Distillery threatens to sink £12m hotel plan in brand dispute

Planned hotel will bring jobs to the area

A £12 million Highlands venture is under threat because of a dispute over its name.

Entrepreneur William Frame wants to build a 99 room hotel and 200 seater restaurant at the Tomatin junction on the A9.

But the Tomatin Distillery has objected to plans to sell Tomatin Jam or referring to Tomatin Café on staff aprons and has taken legal action. 

Tomatin Distillery Managing Director, Stephen Bremner has since said that while the Distillery  “wholeheartedly welcomes and supports this or any development that is going to benefit the area,” the distillery objects to the proposed branding which it believes “takes unfair advantage of our reputation.”

The development, which is set to bring more than 50 permanent jobs to the area between Aviemore and Inverness, tincludes a number of retail units. The site at Tomatin, which previously housed a hotel, and latterly a café & filling station, has been unused for more than a decade.

With full planning having been achieved, Mr Frame was planning a Spring start to construction work on site, and was in the midst of seeking additional business investment when the bombshell struck from the century old, Japanese-owned Tomatin Distillery.

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