Wetherspoon agrees deal to move into Wellington site

Wetherspoon agrees deal to move into Wellington site

Wetherspoon agrees deal to move into Wellington site

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PUB giant Wetherspoon has moved a step closer to opening in Wellington.

The chain has been eyeing up potential sites in the town for some time and, as revealed in the County Gazette in February, it appears the old Town Hall is its likely destination.

In a statement released this week, the firm said: “We have exchanged on the old Town Hall in Fore Street. We are moving in the right direction but we still require planning and licensing permission.

“Wellington is a good town and a place we are keen to open up in.”

Wetherspoon said it could not put a timescale on any potential opening as there are some formalities still to be done, such as applying to Taunton Deane Council for a licence.

The old Town Hall currently houses a number of small businesses but some see it as an ideal site for a Wetherspoon due to its size.

Keith Wheatley, vice-chairman of Wellington Business Association, has already welcomed the possibility of the chain opening up.

He said: “When big coffee chain Coffee#1 opened in town there was some scepticism that it would put the cafés out of business but it hasn't.

“I think a Wetherspoon would pull in people who do not use the current town centre pubs so there is a whole new audience for a modern, family-friendly pub.

“There is certainly a gap in the town centre that Wetherspoon could fill but I don't think existing pubs need to worry. Any energetic, forward-thinking company is always welcome in the town.”

Speaking in February, Martin Barrington, landlord at the King's Arms, said he hopes the move will bring more trade into town.

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9:22am Thu 1 May 14

Slow down! says...

"Keith Wheatley, vice-chairman of Wellington Business Association, has already welcomed the possibility of the chain opening up.

He said: “When big coffee chain Coffee#1 opened in town there was some scepticism that it would put the cafés out of business but it hasn't"

Umm not yet!

I can see many of the remaining pubs in the town closing which will be a shame and don't forget wetherspoons sell coffee too, Wellington is just too small for one of these super pubs why don't they open one on the motorway services instead!!!!
"Keith Wheatley, vice-chairman of Wellington Business Association, has already welcomed the possibility of the chain opening up. He said: “When big coffee chain Coffee#1 opened in town there was some scepticism that it would put the cafés out of business but it hasn't" Umm not yet! I can see many of the remaining pubs in the town closing which will be a shame and don't forget wetherspoons sell coffee too, Wellington is just too small for one of these super pubs why don't they open one on the motorway services instead!!!! Slow down!
  • Score: -10

11:14am Thu 1 May 14

Welly View says...

Such negativity doesn't surprise, but does disappoint.

Wellington has lost The Eight Bells, The Three Cups, The Sportsman and The Old Ship in recent years, yet the population of Wellington continues to grow, and more homes are being built right now. The current pubs already have plenty of loyal customers, together with various skittles & darts teams, something that the Wetherspoon pub won't offer.

There are very few places in town to eat British food, especially considering the size of the population who might choose to eat there.

Hopefully the current occupants of the building will relocate to other vacant premises, which can only be of benefit to the town as a whole; and let's be honest, the building (Cornhill side in particular) is a real eyesore, something I'm sure Wetherspoon will put right as soon as they can whilst retaining the building's character.

I'm really pleased that Wetherspoon are coming to Wellington.
Such negativity doesn't surprise, but does disappoint. Wellington has lost The Eight Bells, The Three Cups, The Sportsman and The Old Ship in recent years, yet the population of Wellington continues to grow, and more homes are being built right now. The current pubs already have plenty of loyal customers, together with various skittles & darts teams, something that the Wetherspoon pub won't offer. There are very few places in town to eat British food, especially considering the size of the population who might choose to eat there. Hopefully the current occupants of the building will relocate to other vacant premises, which can only be of benefit to the town as a whole; and let's be honest, the building (Cornhill side in particular) is a real eyesore, something I'm sure Wetherspoon will put right as soon as they can whilst retaining the building's character. I'm really pleased that Wetherspoon are coming to Wellington. Welly View
  • Score: 16

12:51pm Thu 1 May 14

Mi_Coc says...

Just what welly needs a cheap pub so the local scallys can get drunk for much less and beat each other up and smash up the town on the joys. Bet the local police are over the moon.
Just what welly needs a cheap pub so the local scallys can get drunk for much less and beat each other up and smash up the town on the joys. Bet the local police are over the moon. Mi_Coc
  • Score: -13

5:52pm Thu 1 May 14

Autumnbelle09 says...

There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Wellington. Small local businesses are being turfed out to make way for another pub,the more pubs/coffee/betting shops we have the less small local businesses, taking away what makes Wellington special and unique.
Personally I think it sounds like a convienient way to palm it off. Considering all the empty shops in Wellington are soon to be filled, it proves we don't need chain stores/pubs to thrive. I'd rather pay local Cafes a bit more for a breakfast/ beer myself. Before we know it Welly will have no character left.
There are plenty of places to eat and drink in Wellington. Small local businesses are being turfed out to make way for another pub,the more pubs/coffee/betting shops we have the less small local businesses, taking away what makes Wellington special and unique. Personally I think it sounds like a convienient way to palm it off. Considering all the empty shops in Wellington are soon to be filled, it proves we don't need chain stores/pubs to thrive. I'd rather pay local Cafes a bit more for a breakfast/ beer myself. Before we know it Welly will have no character left. Autumnbelle09
  • Score: -4

8:19am Fri 2 May 14

delboyv says...

when we are out and about my wife and i quite often visit a wetherspoons pub. we find they are always good value and generally busy with customers of all age groups including families.wetherspoon
s would attract further customers into the town that would not frequent existing pubs. i think the arrival of wetherspoons is long overdue.
when we are out and about my wife and i quite often visit a wetherspoons pub. we find they are always good value and generally busy with customers of all age groups including families.wetherspoon s would attract further customers into the town that would not frequent existing pubs. i think the arrival of wetherspoons is long overdue. delboyv
  • Score: 3

3:27pm Fri 2 May 14

Dr Dave says...

It's just what Wellington needs, I welcome Weatherspoons to the town.
It's just what Wellington needs, I welcome Weatherspoons to the town. Dr Dave
  • Score: 4

9:34pm Fri 2 May 14

mansell5 says...

I would have laid money on three of the regular naysayers posting on this. Two haven't let me down.
I would have laid money on three of the regular naysayers posting on this. Two haven't let me down. mansell5
  • Score: 4

7:28am Sat 3 May 14

Monument says...

I welcome this as well and am very pleased that the Town Hall site has been chosen.

The Sanford Arms can be added to welly views list as well.
I welcome this as well and am very pleased that the Town Hall site has been chosen. The Sanford Arms can be added to welly views list as well. Monument
  • Score: 3

9:41am Tue 6 May 14

Slow down! says...

mansell5 wrote:
I would have laid money on three of the regular naysayers posting on this. Two haven't let me down.
What a Muppet!
[quote][p][bold]mansell5[/bold] wrote: I would have laid money on three of the regular naysayers posting on this. Two haven't let me down.[/p][/quote]What a Muppet! Slow down!
  • Score: 1

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