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02-12-2012, 14:00
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http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8mvHWVz_9Yo/ULtcvWkNvWI/AAAAAAAAENc/khxCBnBIMkU/s1600/woolies.jpg (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-8mvHWVz_9Yo/ULtcvWkNvWI/AAAAAAAAENc/khxCBnBIMkU/s1600/woolies.jpg)I was in Dumbarton last week to see my mother. One of the first bits of news she gave me was that Wetherspoons are likely to open a pub in Dumbarton. It would be in the old Woolies Store I remember so well from my childhood. It closed in December 2008 when Woolworths crashed out of business. The next day when the new local paper came out, it confirmed that planning permission was being recommended to the local council.

I have mixed feelings about this. On the one hand it will bring real ale back to the town together with much needed competition and vastly improved choice. On the other hand it could damage pub trade in a very depressed town, though fears of that may well be exaggerated. However, if you read the County Reporter, the usual concerns are being trotted out. It was interesting to read JDW's take on this. A spokesman said " "Wetherspoon's has almost 900 pubs across the UK including around 55 in Scotland. We're not aware of any of our pubs causing others to lose money or close down. In fact, the opposite is true, we encourage people to come into towns because of our brand, which leads to other businesses opening.

" The pubs in this area are already in competition with each other, we will be just one more pub to compete against, and it is the customer's choice where they go."

Now there will be some that disagree with the first paragraph, but surely few can disagree with the second?
Photo is from the County Reporter. The main article is here (http://www.dumbartonreporter.co.uk/news/dumbarton/articles/2012/10/30/438704-pub-owners-worry-over-wetherspoon/).https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/8629758183547510158-1333584592210850194?l=tandlemanbeerblog.blogspot.c om

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