Chattanooga’s red double-decker bus, previously used for tours around the city, has a new home.
The bus previously belonged to Rufus Marye for use in his Chattanooga Double Decker business. But recently, Marye decided to get rid of the bus in order to explore another business ventures, including Rufus Ride.
That’s when Marye gave a call to Ken Pritchard, the Granfalloon’s owner, to ask if he wanted the bus.
“What do you say when someone asks you if you want a bus? You say ‘Yeah!'” Pritchard said.
Pritchard was also drawn to the bus because of its sentimental value. The bus was built a few miles from where he grew up in Southall, England, a suburb of London.
Pritchard and his wife are currently in the process of renovating the bus to create extra seating that will be available Adelle’s Ice Cream Creperies customers on the patio. The couple has also considered the idea of playing music off the top floor of the bus.
The couple expects the renovations to cost between $6,000 and $7,000. They’re hoping to have it done in time for the royal wedding on May 19.
Alina Hunter-Grah is a contributing writer. She currently attends UTC, where she was previously the news editor of the student newspaper, The University Echo. Alina also worked at CNN during the summer of 2017 and is the former Chattanooga correspondent for 2nd & Church, a literary magazine based out of Nashville. You can reach Alina at [email protected] or on Twitter @alinahuntergrah.