Marston’s to spend £15m a year on Scottish expansion project

By James Wallin

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Marston's currently has four pubs in Scotland
Marston's currently has four pubs in Scotland
Marston’s has announced its plan to open five pubs a year in Scotland on the anniversary of its first venture north of the border.

The company is on the lookout for suitable locations within 29 of the country’s council districts and is planning to spend £15m a year on the project – a move it says will create 200 new jobs every year.

Since opening the Pine Marten pub/restaurant in Dunbar a year ago today (Wednesday) Marston’s has opened three more pubs in Braehead, Danderhall and Forfar, with six more scheduled to open over the next year.

The company is also about to start work on a hotel next to the Pine Marten, which will be the first Marston’s Inn. A second such hotel will be built later this year alongside a new pub at Loch Lomond Shores, Balloch.

Strong trading

Steve Roberts, head of acquisitions for Marston’s, said: “Our first year of trading in Scotland has been strong and we are now ready to step up our search for new sites right across the country.

“We are on the lookout for locations in our target towns and cities that front main roads, are on retail parks or are close to residential developments of more than 500 homes.

“We believe our pub/restaurants are quite a distinct offer in Scotland and the popularity of the ones we have opened so far has encouraged us to expand further our search for new sites.”

The Marston’s acquisitions team will be looking for sites across Scotland in towns and suburbs that have a population of 10,000 or more.

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