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JD Wetherspoon submits application for Holywell Woolworths site

HOLYWELL landlords fear their businesses could be forced to close if an application for a JD Wetherspoon pub in the town centre gets the go ahead.

The national pub chain has put in a planning application for the former Woolworths store on High Street, which has been empty since it closed about two years ago.

Wetherspoon’s spokesman Eddie Gershon said the company was in the process of buying the site, although the sale had not been completed yet.

The pub would create about 40 jobs, but some fear licensees would have an adverse effect on their businesses.

Alan Moore, owner of The Old Wine Vaults in Cross Street, said: “The pub trade is struggling already because of Government legislation, health warnings and supermarket prices, and this won’t help pubs in the town.

“There are a number of food outlets in Holywell too, and this is certainly going to affect them.

“The businesses in town are run by local people and use local suppliers, Wetherspoon’s has much greater buying power and will use national suppliers so I think this will have a knock-on effect on other businesses.

“It might create 40 jobs, but I think many jobs will be lost elsewhere because of it and businesses will probably close.”

Sam Duzan, from The Feathers Inn on Whitford Street, said: “It is going to be bad for business, we are all struggling as it is.

“I’d like to see more retail businesses in the town centre, there are no shops in Holywell any more.

“The last thing we need is a Wetherspoon’s.”

Holywell Town Council will be discussing the application at its meeting on December 21.