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The Withy Trees in Fulwood is being sold off

Posted on - 17th July, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Cadley, College, Fulwood, Garrison, Plungington, Preston News, Pubs
The Withy Trees in Lytham Road Pic: Blog Preston
The Withy Trees in Lytham Road Pic: Blog Preston

A Fulwood pub is to close down.

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The Withy Trees at the corner of Lytham Road and Garstang Road has been sold off by pubco Greene King.

The brewery, which owns the pub and operates it as a leased and tenanted pub, made the decision to sell.

They remain tight-lipped over who it has been sold to.

Pub regulars were told it was last orders during the week of Monday 15 July.

A spokesman for Greene King said: “We advertised The Withy Trees for sale some time ago and a sale has now been agreed in principle.

“It is never an easy decision to sell a pub but we continue to run a number of other pubs in the area, including Lane Ends in Blackpool Road and The Guild in Fylde Road.”

Withy Trees regular Des Wilmot said the brewery should be ashamed of how the pub had been handled.

He said: “My wife and I have been in here for 35 years.

“We’ve seen many landlords come and go.

“When the Black Bull on Garstang was first refurbished all the customers left the Withys and Greene King failed to invest.

“It’s a total disgrace the way they have left this pub go to rot.”

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It is the second pub sold off by Greene King in Fulwood in the last 18 months, after the sale of the former Sumners pub near the Barracks which has since been demolished.

The Garstang Road-Watling Street Road crossroads has seen a number of closures in recent years, with Checco’s restaurant still standing empty and the RBS closed late last year.

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