Fortis Funds offer The Barracks retail space to Brisbane chocolatier Gerrard Gosens

Fortis Funds offer The Barracks retail space to Brisbane chocolatier Gerrard Gosens
Staff reporterDecember 7, 2020

A blind chocolatier who closed his store in Brisbane’s CBD, saying the Cross River Rail works had devastated his business has been offered alternative space.

The offer of space in The Barracks precinct came from Fortis Funds Management to Gerrard Gosens, who represented Australia at three Paralympic Games.

The offer, which has yet to be accepted, was revealed by Macquarie Media broadcaster Alan Jones.

Gosen's was a Young Australian of the Year finalist before opening his store Chocolate Moments.

His business has taken a $100,000 hit in earnings this year due to dwindling foot traffic, as businesses were shuttered.

Gerrard broke down in tears as he told Jones about losing everything he’s worked for over the last decade.

The Cross River Rail Delivery Authority has met with Gosens several times and offered $1000 to help with relocation costs.

Gosens says that wouldn’t begin to fix his issues.

Jones acknowledged the Fortis chairman, Edwin Zemancheff.

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