Wetherspoon could open branch at Gloucester Docks
WETHERSPOON could be the latest big brand to open up in Gloucester Docks as rumours of a Coots Cafe Bar takeover gather pace.
The Citizen understands Wetherspoon has shown a keen interest in taking on the Gloucester Waterways-owned heritage site.
Although the move will dash hopes of Gloucester Brewery taking on the building, business leaders said the addition of one of the nation's top watering holes will give a much-needed shot in the arm to other retailers.
With Nando's and Pizza Express already on site and a new state-of-the-art cinema due to open later this year, it is hoped Wetherspoon will help increase evening vitality in the Docks area.
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Beverley Booth, operations manager for Gloucester Brewery, said the news would be a blow to their takeover ambition. "It would be very hard for us to compete with a business the size of Wetherspoon," she said.
"It is no secret we want to move in there. There are already two Wetherspoon in Gloucester, we don't need another one. But it would increase footfall so it is almost like second prize for us."
City Centre Community Partnership chairman Barry Leach said the move would be a big boost for business.
"It is vital there is a strong relationship with the Waterways Museum as the building is a heritage asset. This would be a positive step and bring a new dimension to the Quays."
City council leader Paul James said: "To have another business open at night would help build a critical mass of attractions."
A spokesman for Wetherspoon said: "Wetherspoon has enjoyed great success in and around Gloucester and we are keen to open more pubs in the area. We cannot comment on individual sites."