From the East Kent Mercury, 27 October 2011.
WETHERSPOON PUB BID FOR TOWN SITE
Top Pub Chain WD Wetherspoon is aiming to move into Deal town centre,
investing around £1 million and employing about 40 people.
Deal and Walmer Chamber of Trade has welcomed the move, although
there are reservations from other pub businesses.
The Watford-based company has applied for the former Job centre
building in Queen Street and the district council is inviting comments
about the proposed opening times.
Press officer Eddie Gershon said: "Wetherspoon has enjoyed great
success throughout Kent in the past 15 years and the company is keen to
open in the town.
"We would love to be in Deal. We have shown our intent and are in
negotiations with the owners.
"Wetherspoon usually spends in excess of £1 million on its pubs and
employs about 40-50 people, in part-time and full-time jobs.
"We are very keen to open in Deal, subject to all the necessary
Proposed opening times are shown on notices in the windows of the
empty premises, formally occupied by a furniture store, which has now
moved into the High Street.
Andy Stevens from the Deal and Walmer Chamber of Trade said the
arrival of Wetherspoons should be applauded.
He added: "It is really good to see Deal bucking the trend when some
other towns' streets are declining.
"It is great to see big names putting their faith in Deal and
realising what a wonderful town this is. Long may this continue.
"Wetherspoon will provide a timely boost to the local economy and
would be good for jobs too."
PROTEST TO COUNCIL
Paul Lynch, owner of the hotel, cafe and bar, "Hole in the Roof, said
he was protesting to the district council about the Wetherspoon
He said: "I don't think Queen Street needs another pub. It will
create noise and with a take-away pizza house opening nearby soon, there
will be extra traffic. It is all about environmental issues." he added
that his views were reflected by other pub businesses in town.