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Recent additions: Punch’s Clive Chesser has welcomed the seven Heartstone Inns pubs to the fold

Punch acquires 7 pubs from Heartstone Inns

By Nikkie Thatcher

National pubco Punch Pubs & Co has completed the acquisition of seven pubs from south-west-based Heartstone Inns this week for an undisclosed sum.

Pub investment: JD Wetherspoon announced its plans for the next year

JD Wetherspoon to spend £80m on estate

By Emily Hawkins

JD Wetherspoon has announced it will spend £80m on opening new sites and revamping existing pubs as it celebrated a sales boost.

Reopening soon: Kiki on Canal Street, Manchester will be kept as an LGBTQ+ site by Stonegate (image: Gerald England, Geograph)

Stonegate buys beloved gay venue

By Emily Hawkins

Stonegate has acquired a beloved LGBTQ+ venue on Manchester’s famous Canal Street that it plans to reopen next month.

Site closures: Revolution claims it will open more sites this year (image: Evelyn Simak, Geograph)

More sites next year says Revolution boss

By Emily Hawkins

Revolution Group chief executive Rob Pitcher has confirmed the bar chain still aims to open new sites in the near future after closing a handful of underperforming venues.

Political posturing: JDW says ‘let’s stay friends’ as it cuts prices of drinks that come from European countries

JDW to continue sales of EU brands

By Alice Leader

JD Wetherspoon’s EU alcohol brand discounts in the run-up to Brexit do not signal an intention to ditch continental names, despite pubco boss Tim Martin’s keenness to stock more homegrown products.

Rapid growth: Greene King said it will be expanding its vegan offer following substantial sales in 2019

Greene King vegan sales up 265%

By Emily Hawkins

Greene King has said it will be expanding its plant-based food offer after its total sales of vegan dishes saw a year-on-year increase of 265% in the past financial year.

Building bridges: the fundraiser has accepted the pub’s apology and donation after he was asked to leave during his charity walk (image credit; flickr.com/photos/darkdwarf)

‘Speedo Mick’ accepts Punch’s apology

By Alice Leader

An unfortunate misunderstanding that resulted in an avid Speedo-wearing fundraiser being asked to leave a pub during his 1,000-mile charity walk, has been resolved.

Previous history: Unite issued ballots for the strike last year

Greene King strike ‘could hit beer deliveries’

By Nikkie Thatcher

Greene King workers have voted for strike action following a “paltry” pay offer by the Suffolk-based brewery, union Unite has said, which could impact on deliveries from three depots.

Dry day: Fugitive Motel will offer low and no-alcohol drinks on Saturday 18 January

Fugitive Motel goes dry

By Nikkie Thatcher

London’s Fugitive Motel is celebrating low and no-alcohol by going dry for one night only this month (Saturday 18 January).

Multiple operator: Urban Village Pub Company was founded in 2017

Sales rise for Urban Village

By Nikkie Thatcher

South-east-based Urban Village Pub Company has reported like-for-like sales growth of 13.1% for the five-week festive period in December.

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