JDW's Blackpool plan

By Joe Lutrario joe.lutrario@william-reed.co.uk

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JD Wetherspoon (JDW) is in negotiations to take on two new sites in Blackpool. The pubco currently has only one site in the Lancashire town that has...

JD Wetherspoon (JDW) is in negotiations to take on two new sites in Blackpool. The pubco currently has only one site in the Lancashire town that has become synonymous with stag and hen parties.

One of the sites, on Market Street, is waiting for the necessary permission and is scheduled to open at the end of 2008. The multi-storey Price-busters retail site on Bank Hey Street is currently being redeveloped, although no schedule is in place. JDW, however, has expressed serious interest in the site and is negotiating with the developers.

At the moment, in addition to its single site in Blackpool, the pubco has two in the surrounding area. JDW disagrees with reports that Blackpool is becoming an increasingly difficult trading environment.

A spokesman for JDW said: "The company has almost 700 pubs across the UK and as far as we're concerned our pubs have proved popular wherever we've opened them.

"We'd like to open these two new sites in Blackpool and we feel the town is on the up."

JDW chief executive John Hutson, recently cited Blackpool as an example of a suitable location for the expansion of the company, referring in particular to an opportunity to sell real ale, missed by other operators.

The town, which is heavily dependent on its holiday trade, was hit badly this summer by poor weather and more British people opting for cheap holidays abroad.

Property agents have reported an excess of lower-end freehold and leasehold instructions and very few buyers.

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