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"Unknown future" for traditional pubs

By James Wallin, MC Allegra FS

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"Unknown future" for traditional pubs

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David Grant, the managing director of Moorhouse’s Brewery, has told M&C the group is determined to grow its pub estate but admitted he does not know what the future holds for the traditional pub.

The Lancashire-based brewer currently has a four-strong estate and Grant said he had run the rule over other small groups in the area. However, he reiterated his belief that building a chain of micropubs was probably the best way forward for the company.

In the year to September the brewery saw turnover across the business rise 9%, with beer volumes up 6%. Halloween sales are expected be up by at least 20% on last year.

Grant said: “The way forward for this business definitely needs to include a growing pub estate.

“The problem is that no one knows where this industry is going or exactly where the big pubcos will end up. It’s hard to see what the future for the traditional pub is because they face so many challenges on all fronts.”

On micropubs, Grant said: “I’m very actively looking into taking on a few shop units or small spaces in good locations and starting up micropubs. We’ve got
to look at that.

“What would be perfect for us is something operating 48 hours a week, purely wet-led with a few bar snacks. Something that could be operated entirely by a couple of people. If it turned over £5k a week it would make a profit.”

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