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Quick hunt for Shaw pub managers
A popular village pub, which closed down two weeks ago, could soon reopen under new management.
A notice appeared on the door of the Golden Fleece in Shaw a fortnight ago, informing customers it had closed.
However, new parties have already expressed an interest in taking it over.
Chris Irving, the divisional director at Fleurets, the agency managing the lease, said: “The previous tenants don’t want to remain in the trade and we are trying to find somebody who does want to run this pub.
“We have got quite good interest in this. We’ve had three interviews so far and two of them are suitable. Hopefully, there will be a decision made in the next few days.”
The pub had been managed since 2011 by Clive Allen and wife Debbie, who spoke to the Wiltshire Times in December about the pressures facing local pubs.
Mr Allen said: “In a recession, we have been forced to put our prices up when everyone’s income is going down.
“Because we cannot absorb the tax rise out of our own profits, a lot of people are looking for cheaper alternatives and drinking at home.
“I’m worried that, in local communities, the pubs will disappear because they don’t make any money.
“It’s coming from all sides; food prices are going up, energy prices are going up, and, although council tax has been frozen for domestic houses, our business rates are still going up.”
The pub is being advertised online for a yearly rent of £35,000, with a three-month up-front deposit.
The lease includes a 38-seat restaurant, a beer garden, four bedrooms and a licence to serve alcohol from 10am to 1am, seven days a week.
For more details of the pub’s lease arrangements, visit www.fleurets.com
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