JDW pub shuts for good

By Amelie Maurice-Jones

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Last orders: A JDW pub in Essex has ceased trading (credit: JD Wetherspoon)
Last orders: A JDW pub in Essex has ceased trading (credit: JD Wetherspoon)

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A JD Wetherspoon (JDW) pub in Essex remains on the market after closing its doors over the weekend.

This comes after the operator announced it would sell 32 of its pubs​ last year. 

Sunday 15 April was the final day of trading for the World’s Inn, Romford. Its closure was a commercial decision by the pub giant, JDW spokesperson Eddie Gershon confirmed. 

There are no redundancies, with all staff offered jobs in other JDW sites, Gershon clarified. 

He added: “We would like to thank the pub’s staff for their excellent work over the years and customers for their loyalty.” 

Closed doors

The pub had stood on the site of the county courthouse, and offered a range of real ales, craft beers and freshly ground Lavazza coffee, according to the JDW website. 

JDW continues to operate the Moon and Stars in South Street, Romford. 

Last September, the pubco announced it was looking to dispose of 10 freeholds and 22 leasehold units. 

In March, for instance, the operator shut its only pub licensed to carry out weddings​ after 24 “great years”. 

Untying the knot

Gershon said the pubco had decided not to take up an option to renew the lease of the Knights Templar in Chancery Lane as it had two pubs within a short distance. 

“We’ve had 24 great years at the pub and are very grateful to our amazing managers, Gerry and Jan Swords, their equally amazing team who work in the pub and to our wonderful and loyal customers,” he said. 

Gershon added JDW was also grateful to the landlords with whom they’d maintained an “excellent relationship”. 

In November 2022, a further seven pubs​​​ were put up for sale with the same property agents.  

On New Year’s Eve, the firm  permanently shut​​​ the Edmund Halley in Lewisham, south London, closely followed by the Postal Order in Worcester on 9 January.  

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