Heineken invests £4.6m into north-west locals

By Georgina Townshend

- Last updated on GMT

Investment: The first project in Liverpool will create 15 new jobs
Investment: The first project in Liverpool will create 15 new jobs

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Heineken is investing £4.6 million into a selection of its Star Pubs & Bars sites in the north-west, including £1.2m in the Liverpool area, as part of a £20m investment programme.

The first major Liverpool project, which will cost £490,000, begins this week with a refurbishment of the Weld Blundell in Lydiate.

The refurbishment at the pub will transform what the company describes as a “tired, dated building” into an “outstanding pub”, serving fresh home-cooked food for the first time in many years. 

The pub is on track to open in early October after a 15-month closure, creating 15 new jobs.

The announcement follows on from a pledge by Heineken earlier this year to invest £3.6m on refurbishing 16 Star sites in Lancashire as part of the same programme.

Star Pubs & Bars managing director Lawson Mountstevens said the £20m would be spread across 100 to 125 projects, with a particular focus on rural and suburban pubs.

For sale

As well as investing in its Star pubs, the pubco is also selling off a selection as part of its Punch deal.

Within the list of 30 pubs Heineken has offered to sell across the UK to “reduce competition”, five are in the north-east, eight in Scotland and one in Guildford, Surrey.

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