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£40,000 facelift for Nelson historic pub
AN iconic Pendle pub is set for a £40,000 investment as it searches for a new landlord.
The 350-year-old Shooters Arms, in Southfield Lane, Nelson, is seeking new tenants as it looks to continue its rich history.
Blackburn-based brewery Thwaites is interviewing two potential candidates to take over the hostelry, which was built in 1660.
In the 1970s and 80s, the popular rural pub was run by Clarets legend Tommy Cummings.
Southfield ward councillor Sheila Wicks said: “It is a pub that has always been quite popular, even during the winter when it is not as easy to get to because of the colder weather and its location. It has had some very well known landlords over the years and I hope someone else can come in and keep it open.
“I wouldn’t want to see it close.
“We have lost quite a few pubs in Nelson recently so we don’t want to lose another one. All we have now is the Bull, the Lord Nelson, the Station, the Thatch and Thistle and the Prince of Wales.
“A lot have closed down but this is an iconic pub in this area so I hope someone can make a go of it.”
Andrew Buchanan, director of pub operations at Thwaites, said: “We are currently at the interview stage with two potential candidates, and will be investing about £40,000 to refurbish the interior of the Shooters Arms.
“It’s important we retain the Shooters Arms’ current customer base and so we’re committed to finding the right tenants who will be popular with locals and who have the skills to drive the business forward.”
The pub is advertised for rent on the Thwaites website, which also suggests it could be developed to include a food offering.
The Shooters remains open while new tenants are sought.
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