Exclusive: Wetherspoon issue statement following recently revealed plans for new Hinckley pub inside The Crescent

Mason Moore & Vaughan Moore | 26 April 2022

JD WETHERSPOON, who have recently lodged plans to make a comeback to Hinckley, have issued a statement for the first time on their proposed plans to return to town.

The proposed and planned new JD Wetherspoon pub site (Image: Mason Moore)

The chain have been away from Hinckley since September 2019, when the last pint was poured inside the Baron of Hinckley on Regent Street, and ownership was passed to Elmesthorpe Brewery, who have since rebranded it “The New Baron of Hinckley”.

The new plans show that ‘Spoons would not head back to the town centre, but they would instead settle inside of the more recently-created Crescent shopping complex.

They hope to transform the former Guess How Much! store into their new pub which would seat up to 840 patrons – and they would even create an ‘al fresco’ dining area.

It would operate from 8am to 12am on Mondays to Saturdays. And, to the delight of drinkers, on Sundays and bank holidays, it would stay open an extra hour until 1am.

As well as this, around 80 new local jobs would be created, as they plan to employ 30 full-time employees and 50 employees on a part-time basis.

Since these plans have been made public knowledge, Wetherspoon’s spokesperson has commented on the brand’s planned return back to Hinckley.

Speaking exclusively to the Hinckley Free Press, Eddie Gershon, said: “We have said for a while that we would like to open a new pub in Hinckley, following the closure of the company’s original pub in the town.

“Plans have been submitted by the company’s architects for change of use permission for the site.”

Gershon further added: “At present, we can not advise on time scales.”

While no time scale is able to be provided at the time of publication (Tuesday, 26 April), the Free Press will report any further information as it becomes available.

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