Aug 3 2011 by Johnathon Menzies, Stirling Observer Wednesday
NATIONWIDE pub giant JD Wetherspoon has admitted it’s hoping to open a bar in the centre of Stirling.
A representative for the chain told the Observer this week that negotiations are underway to purchase the city’s former tax office, at 8 Spittal Street.
Although an agreement is yet to be finalised, the spokesperson also said that a ‘change of use’ application has been submitted to Stirling Council’s planners to allow a licensed premises to be created on the site.
If ongoing negotiations are successfully concluded, full planning and licensing applications would have to be approved by the local authority before any new pub was officially rubber-stamped.
The spokesperson explained: “I can confirm that Wetherspoon has exchanged on an empty shop and office block, above the shop, in Spittal Street.
“The deal has not yet been completed. Wetherspoon has submitted a planning application for change of use and that is with the local authority.
“No more information is available present, because we’re still waiting on the change of use permission being granted and the deal for the property being completed.”
Founded as a single pub in 1979 by Tim Martin, the company now owns more than 800 outlets.
Wetherspoon’s are known to champion cask ale, relatively low prices and venues with no music playing in the background.
The company also operates the Lloyds No 1 chain and Wetherspoon Hotels.
A representative for Stirling Council confirmed that the change of use application had been lodged, and added the document is set to be posted on the local authority’s website this week.