On 23 Mar 2016 at 2:11am BobDobbs wrote:
Wetherspoons, at last. Bring on Gregg's next ,then hopefully we will get a poundshop. Sensible prices.
On 23 Mar 2016 at 8:37am Clifford wrote:
Poundshop, Yes. But has Lewes got the customer base to make it worthwhile?
On 23 Mar 2016 at 9:58am Trooper wrote:
I have been out of the country so am not fully up to date.
Wetherspoons in Lewes where?? I am told the White Hart has been sold,who bought it?? Thanks for any information.
On 23 Mar 2016 at 10:50am Gerty wrote:
Clifford, Lewes does have the customer base to support a Poundshop but as most of them are priced out of the shops in town they are an invisible majority who rarely come into the middle of Lewes. There'll be a shock for a lot of people if a Poundshop does open and they realise just how many people in Lewes aren't living in a bubble of £50 bars of soap and expensive tat. This is a town that supports several foodbanks after all.
On 23 Mar 2016 at 12:55pm Flobalob wrote:
Do they serve soup in earthenware flowerpots, a la artisan?
On 23 Mar 2016 at 2:19pm Lewes Resident wrote:
Does anyone actually know for sure if there is to be a Weatherspoons in Lewes or is it just rumour? Also, does anyone know what retail outlets will be under the Premier Inn?
On 23 Mar 2016 at 4:06pm In the Know wrote:
One of the shops is to be a tattoo studio. Another is to be a fast food outlet, possibly Subway.
On 23 Mar 2016 at 9:44pm Lewes Fella wrote:
Would imagine Costa will move in there from the Precinct.
On 24 Mar 2016 at 12:53am Belladonna wrote:
The premier inn will almost certainly have a wether spoons attached. Competition for the Volly and the Crown.
On 24 Mar 2016 at 7:15am Redballs wrote:
Spoons arn't linked to premier Inns Belladona. Spoons is a highly successful company that works on 'economy of scale'
Unfortunatley Lewes is still too small beer for them to bother.
So it looks like we are stuck with overpriced beer and triple cooked chips for the next few years yet.
On 24 Mar 2016 at 2:51pm Mr. Spoons wrote:
Redballs is correct. Premier is owned by Whitbread so will have a Whitbread branded restaurant, and as with most town centre Premier Inn's, will have a small internal bar/restaurant mainly aimed at residents. Costa is also owned by Whitbread so maybe will move from precinct.
Not sure why Belladonna would think Wetherspoon (one word no s) would be competion for Volly and Crown, surely it would be competion for all Lewes pubs and casual dining restaurants. It would make such places get their act together which would be a good thing, but on the other hand may make it difficult for them to compete because Wetherspoon have very low prices. The town could end up with lots of vacant pubs and restaurants which could stay empty for years.
On 24 Mar 2016 at 4:04pm Trooper wrote:
I have a contact in the hotel and hospitality outlets and he informs me that it is very unlikely that Wetherspoons will come to Lewes as the town does not fit their profile.It would seem that they have a basic criteria for size of venue and there is no building in this town that is near that requirement,also the footfall is far below that which they would consider enough to make their investment viable.@ Redballs, you would appear to be correct we are "small beer"
On 24 Mar 2016 at 4:19pm Egon wrote:
Trooper: I can see Lewes not fitting their basic criteria, but if it did The White Hart would be perfect for size and postion.
On 24 Mar 2016 at 4:39pm Trooper wrote:
@Egon. I would agree with you,but I have been told by a local agent that the White Hart has been sold,I regret I do not have any details.
Perhaps somebody out there has more information.
On 24 Mar 2016 at 5:40pm Ted Vomit wrote:
Whaa? WE ALKIES WANT WETHERPUKES!
On 24 Mar 2016 at 6:40pm Belladonna wrote:
Mr Spoons - based on customer profile. Even if they are cheap I doubt very much whether the Lewes arms/Swan /Pelham clientele will go to a wether spoon pub, they are probably more interested in tradition, atmosphere and the feel of a place. If you just want to get absolutely lathered - as many in the Volly and Crown do, I can imagine the cheap booze will appeal. Could also be competition for the Elly and Landsdowne in attracting a younger crowd.