Robinsons pub investment continues

By Nikkie Thatcher

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Cash injection: Robinsons has invested across its estate during the coronavirus pandemic
Cash injection: Robinsons has invested across its estate during the coronavirus pandemic

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North-west based brewer and operator Robinsons has invested millions into its pub estate amid the coronavirus crisis.

This includes a multi-million pound programme featuring 20 refurbishments since the pandemic began last year.

According to The Morning Advertiser​’s sister title MCA​, the company has pumped £4m into its estate, which comprises about 240 tenanted and 20 managed sites.

The refurbishments include outdoor areas across the portfolio, creating spaces with an increased number of outdoor covers and sheltered spaces alongside refits on indoor areas.

Large amount of capex

Managing director of the pub division William Robinson said: “Investment, licensee support and training have been key drivers over the past year in particular.

“We have invested a large amount of capital expenditure and completed just over 20 pub refurbishments.

“As a result, our pubs have traded well when the weather has permitted, with infection rates at very low levels and on the back of the success of the vaccination programme, the Government must permit a full relaxation of restrictions from Monday 21 June.

“We fully expect outdoor areas will remain very popular, customer safety and great experiences are the bedrock of a great pub visit.”

Many enquiries received

Tenanted sales director Ben Robinson outlined how the business had received a large amount of interested from people looking to run its pubs.

He said: “It has been pleasing to have received many enquiries from high-quality operators, who have been attracted to run our pubs over the past 12 months.

“In a time where circumstances have prevailed against our industry and the challenges of the hospitality industry have been apparent for all to see, it has been reassuring that proven operators not only see the value in a business partnership with Robinsons but they share our optimism for the future of the pub.”

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