WETHERSPOONS fans were saddened after a sudden closure saw their favourite pub pull down shutters last week.
A beloved boozer in Paignton, Devon, turned away punters as the weekend kicked off, much to their disappointment.
But it’s not all bad news, the local – named Talk of the Town – is closed until May as a £2.1million renovation gets underway.
A spokesman for the chain confirmed last week: “of the Town closes this Saturday, February 3, for extensive refurbishment and expansion work to be carried out, at a cost of approximately £2.1 million.
“The scheme is set to extend the pub into thedoor premises and refurbish the current pub building.”
They add that a new bar and larger kitchen will be sure to please locals and accommodate more customers – who are set to be welcomed back on May 14.
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It comes after Wetherspoons snapped up a restaurantdoor in 2022 in the hopes to expand their current watering hole.
Despite more permanent closures across the UK, the much-loved chain is still aiming to claim 1,000 venues.
Boss Sir Tim Martin is determined to build on his current 814 strong fleet – a decrease from 951 in 2015.
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“We’ve also surrendered a number of leasehold pubs to the landlord, where leases have come to the end.
“We have 814 pubs today and estimate there is potential for about 1,000.
“Although there have been some disposals, sales are nearly a billion pounds higher than ten or 11 years ago.”
The boozer has warned last September it was putting dozens of its pubs up for sale.
In December, 20 Wetherspoons were up for sale with eight under offer, leaving fans gutted that their local branch could be lost forever.
Other pubs were up for sale in Battersea, Bristol, Peebles, and Shipley.
Wetherspoon pubs up for sale
Some 17 other Wetherspoons are currently up for sale, with the Rochester Crown becoming the 17th.
Here’s the full list:
- The Pontlottyn, Abertillery
- The Ivor Davies, Cardiff
- Spa Lane Vaults, Chesterfield
- The Gate House, Doncaster
- The Market Cross, Holywell
- The Regent, Kirkby in Ashfield
- The Mockbeggar Hall, Moreton
- The Hain Line, St Ives
- The Sir Norman Rae, Shipley
- The Sir Daniel Arms, Swindon
- The White Hart, Todmorden
- Lord Arthur Lee, Fareham
- The Plough and Harrow, London
- Resolution, Middlesbrough
- Sennockian, Sevenoaks
- The Rochester Castle, London
- Foot of the Walk, Edinburgh
It comes as a number of UK pubs have closed their doors for good amid a turbulent economic backdrop.
But Wetherspoons continues to run sales and excite its loyal fanbase.
From March 6 punters will get the chance to sample a range of 30 different real ales including five from overseas brewers.
The festival will run for 12 days from Wednesday 6 March to Sunday 17 March.
Wetherspoons fans will get the opportunity to sample beers from , , , Taiwan and the .
The much-loved UK pub chain will also be opening a new venue at the Haven Primrose Valley Holiday Park in Filey.
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The on-site Wetherspoons is slated to open in March 2024 – although an official date has yet to be confirmed.