Moorhouse's considers micropub growth

By James Wallin, M&C Report

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Moorhouse's could target a chain of micropubs
Moorhouse's could target a chain of micropubs

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Lancashire brewer and pub operator Moorhouse’s could target a chain of micropubs, according to its managing director David Grant.

The company, which recorded a 26% hike in its like-for-like beer volume sales in December, has had less success with its pub estate – which now stands at five after one was sold last year.

Another is due to be sold in February and Grant said by the middle of 2015 he expects to have disposed of the other unwanted sites. He said of these: “They are unprofitable. They are not being sold as pubs but for development and rightly so.”

Grant said last year that he thought Moorhouse’s was several years off further pub acquisitions because of the turbulence of the sector.

But he told the PMA's​ sister title M&C Report​: “If we do look at buying something, and we have the funds to do that, we would perhaps look at a small pub company where the infrastructure would already be in place. The other thing I am very interested in is micropubs and would be interesting to have a group of those, selling our beers and getting our brand out there but without all the headaches that come with running a full-scale pub operation.

“I look at these huge mausoleums that spring up out of town and I barely recognise it as a pub. But a small licensed retail unit – converting off-licences would be perfect – is something I understand and would be interested in investigating.

“It could open for about 40 hours a week and be run by two people and it would do the job.”

Grant said sales of Moorhouse’s beer to tenanted pub companies in the first quarter of their financial year (which began in October) were up 79% but said smaller independents were struggling more.

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One Brewery Beer

Posted by Terry,

Cant see the Micro pub goer walk in and only finding one Brewery on offer to stay very long. Please leave it to the independents Mr Grant
Also it should be up to the new owners of a pub to choose what its for used for so I hope there are no clauses going in ?

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Hear hear

Posted by Heritage drinker,

Micro pubs fair well because they are run by enthusiasts not employees. The community hub setting that these pubs can achieve doesn't lend itself to corporate involvement. ......sales are predicted to dip in the next quarter.....quick lets try piped music.....NON . J'suis micropubs

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A range of Moorhouse's beers?

Posted by Real Ale Up North,

Hang on Granty! The beauty of a micropub, is their range of rotating ales from microbreweries around the UK - and that is a vital component of the micropub concept. With respect, may I suggest you study this concept more closely.

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