WETHERSPOONS has put 39 of its pubs up for sale after two closed their shutters for good.In September 2022, the pub chain announced it was putting 32 boozers up for sale.
1Wetherspoons has put 39 of its branches up for saleCredit: Alamy
In November, it announced a further seven would be going up for sale.
Now, the locations for these seven have been confirmed.
The pub chain has already closed The Edmund Halley in Lewisham, London, and The Postal Order in Worcester.
The Willow Grove in Southport is due to close early this year, as well, no later than April.
While the 39 pubs have gone up for sale, that doesn’t mean they will definitely close.
They will remain open as Wetherspoons pubs until they are bought.
Of the pubs up for sale, 11 are in London, while others based in major cities including Southampton and Derby.
Pubs have been hit by a cocktail of cost increases as inflation sends prices soaring and less demand among cash-strapped punters amidst the cost of living crisis.
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The pub chain saw like-for-like sales drop 1.1% in the five weeks to November 6, 2022, when compared with pre-pandemic trading in 2019.
But in the same month, Wetherspoons’ chairman Tim Martin said the firm remained “cautiously optimistic”.
He said he previously set out “various threats to the hospitality industry and these continue to apply”.
“Those caveats aside, in the absence of further lockdowns or restrictions, the company remains cautiously optimistic about future prospects,” he said.
Here is a full list of the 39 pubs that are currently up for sale:
Barnsley – Silkstone Inn
Beaconsfield – Hope & Champion
Bexleyheath – Wrong ‘Un
Bournemouth – Christopher Creeke
Cheltenham – Bank House
Crediton, Devon – General Sir Redvers Buller
Derby – Thomas Leaper
Durham – Water House
Fareham – Lord Arthur Lee
Fraserburgh – The Saltoun Inn
Halifax – Percy Shaw
Hanham – Jolly Sailor
Harrow – Moon on the Hill
Hove – Cliftonville Inn
London Battersea – Asparagus
London East Ham – Miller’s Well
London Eltham – Bankers Draft
London Forest Gate – Hudson Bay
London Forest Hill – Capitol
London Hammersmith – Plough and Harrow
London Holloway – Coronet
London Hornsey – Toll Gate
London Holborn – Penderel’s Oak
London Islington – Angel
London Palmers Green – Alfred Herring
Loughborough – Moon & Bell
Loughton – Last Post
Mansfield – Widow Frost
Middlesbrough – Resolution
Peebles – Cross Keys
Purley – Foxley Hatch
Redditch – Rising Sun
Sevenoaks – Sennockian
Southampton – Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis
Stafford – Butler’s Bell
Watford – Colombia Press
West Bromwich – Billiard Hall
Willenhall – Malthouse
Wirral – John Masefield
It is estimated that Wetherspoons employs up to 43,000 people across the UK.
Its website says it runs almost 900 pubs in towns and cities across England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The chain opened its first establishment in 1979.
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