JD Wetherspoon 'will take one week' to turn Wells Emporium building into a pub
AFTER months of inactivity, JD Wetherspoon is finally about to start work on its new pub in Wells.
And bosses say they can turn their empty shell on Priory Road into a pub in just one week.
The pub giant got permission to convert the empty Wells Emporium building on Priory Road in April but no work appears to have been done on the site over the summer.
Now Wetherspoon has said that it plans to start work transforming the site on October 14 – and bosses expect to open the doors just seven days later on October 21.
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The pub, which will employ around 40 people, will be called the Quarter Jack and will cost around £1.4 million to get ready.
Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: "We are looking forward to opening the pub and believe that it will be a great asset to the town.
"Wetherspoon has been keen to open a pub in Wells for many years and we are pleased that this is now coming to fruition.
"Hopefully the new pub will also act as a catalyst for further investment into the city."
The arrival of Wetherspoon in Wells is not without controversy.
In 2011 the company was refused permission to open on the same site amid concerns it would damage the look of the approach to the historic city centre and affect people living nearby.
A year later Mendip councillors had a change of heart and approved a new application, despite fears over the impact it might have on established pubs.
With the Quarter Jack due to open in a little over four weeks, landlords will soon find out if their business will take a hit.