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Wetherspoon’s hopes to open Flint pub

PUB chain JD Wetherspoon still wants to open a branch in Flint – but has ruled out buying the town’s former bingo hall.

The company this week confirmed to the Chronicle it remains keen to open a pub in Flint, which would be its fourth in Flintshire.

And Wetherspoon admitted it had looked at the Grade II listed former Plaza cinema and Palace Bingo and Social Club on Church Street, which is owned by Rhyl-based Parker’s Leisure Holdings.

But the cost of renovating the 6,260sq ft premises, which have been closed since late 2011, was deemed too high.

Spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “At present JD Wetherspoon is not looking at any specific sites. However, we are still keen to open a pub in the town.

“We did look closely at the Palace Bingo Hall, however the cost to redevelop the site was too high and we are no longer pursuing it.”

Wetherspoon already has pubs in Mold, Holywell and Shotton and usually creates about 40 permanent jobs with every new opening.

Cllr Ian Roberts, whose Flint Castle ward covers the town centre, said: “I’m sure that the residents of Flint will be very pleased to have a Wetherspoon’s in the town.

“I’m glad to know that a company like Wetherspoon’s is so actively pursuing sites in Flint.”

The historic former cinema and bingo hall was put up for sale £250,000 in January 2012.

Cllr Roberts still hopes the premises – which is the only building in Flint that is listed inside and out – can be put to good use.

Former Flint mayor Cllr Alex Aldridge has previously said he would ‘warmly welcome’ Wetherspoon to Flint should it decide to invest in the town.

The Co-op this week told the Chronicle it is ‘still actively marketing’ its former Chester Road premises, which closed in November with the loss of 17 jobs.