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Wetherspoon’s eye up Frome

THE UK’s biggest pub chain, JD Wetherspoon, has revealed to the Frome Times that they are definitely in the process of looking for premises in the town. 

The pub giant has over 800 bars nationwide and is famous for its low priced food and drink and they have now confirmed that Frome is on their radar as a place to open a new bar.

Rumours have been circulating in the town for over two years that JD Wetherspoon is coming to the town. And now Wetherspoon’s have confirmed the rumours.

Ashley Weller from JD Wetherspoon said, “It is true that we are very interested in opening a pub in Frome as it is a vibrant upcoming town that we would like to be a part of. As with any major development the details have to be right and in doing so we have to ensure we select the right premises for us to trade from.

“We have looked at a few different locations in Frome but at this moment no decision has been made and we are still in the early stages. We have an idea of what is available now and will continue to look. When we do have any more news to share we will do so at the earliest opportunity as we know there has been a lot of interest from the local residents.”

Frome and District Chamber of Commerce president Nigel Harris feels that the fact national chains want to come to the town is a clear indication that Frome is thriving but that in his opinion it is something that the town doesn’t need. He said, “Frome has a strong track record of excellent independent retail, pub and restaurant businesses.

“I suppose we should be flattered that this success has brought the town to the attention of national chains such as Wetherspoon’s, but I am not convinced that they offer something that Frome needs at the moment.

“If there is indeed scope for another town centre pub, this is an opportunity for someone to establish another independent business and help retain the uniqueness that makes Frome special.”

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