No plans for restau­rant at club say firm

Caernarfon Herald - - NEWS -

A na­tion­wide restau­rant chain have de­nied claims that they will be open­ing an eatery in a sea­side town in Gwynedd.

Spec­u­la­tion that a Har­vester restau­rant will be tak­ing over the old Con­ser­va­tive Club build­ing on the Maes in Pwll­heli have been re­futed by the com­pany who say they have “no plans to open a Har­vester in the area”.

It emerged last week that Har­vester, who are run by Mitchells & But­lers and cur­rently have more than 220 out­lets in the UK, were widely tipped to be in­ter­ested in the build­ing which was va­cated 10 months ago.

The pos­si­bil­ity of the com­pany tak­ing over the cen­tral build­ing di­vided opin­ion, with some say­ing they were pleased that the build­ing wasn’t be­ing left to ruin, but oth­ers sug­gested it would have a neg­a­tive im­pact on lo­cal busi­nesses.

Jonathan Roberts, a for­mer mem­ber of Pwll­heli Town Coun­cil, says he is pleased that the build­ing is not be­ing taken over by the com­pany and he hopes that a lo­cal will step in.

Mr Roberts said: “I’m pleased yet an­other soul­less, face­less chain is not go­ing there.

“I would wel­come and sup­port a lo­cal com­pany to take the place over, and as I al­ways say that lo­cal com­pa­nies and busi­nesses are bet­ter for the lo­cal econ­omy, where they get their sup­plies from lo­cal sup­pli­ers, where pos­si­ble.

“We should all as far as pos­si­ble sup­port our small busi­nesses in the town, or we will lose them.”

Dy­lan Bullard, coun­cil­lor for North Pwll­heli wel­comed the pos­si­bil­ity of a Har­vester, but said he would have pre­ferred some­one lo­cal to take the build­ing over.

Cllr Bullard said: “I’d love to see the build­ing used for lo­cals in some capacity.

“Whether it be a com­mu­nity build­ing for the el­derly and also a place where young peo­ple could hang out or a lo­cally owned restau­rant or bar.

“At the mo­ment it’s a bit of an eye­sore.”

A spokes­woman for Mitchells & But­lers said: “I can con­firm that we have not been look­ing at this site, and at this mo­ment in time we have no plans to open a Har­vester in the area.”

Har­vester have re­futed they plan to open in Pwll­heli

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