New hope for future of iconic Cherry Gardens

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ONE of Wigan’s best-known pubs is looking for tenants under a pioneering new business plan.

Fears that the iconic Cherry Gardens pub was about to shut are unfounded, the owners have revealed.

Brewers Marston’s Pub Company say they are now eagerly searching for new tenants to take over the pub which has been in existence for more than a century and is a well-known landmark in the town.

The historic Wigan Lane pub is set to be placed under a new “retail agreement.”

That is a deal in which tenants will not have to pay for the lease or any of the bills – but they can take home a 20 to 25 per cent cut of the pub’s net turnover.

The Cherries, as it is fondly known, is the 14th Marston’s pub in Wigan to be placed under a retail agreement, a deal which is designed to remove prospective landlords’ fear over financial risks and encourage them to have a go in the pub industry.

Marstons, which was this week crowned Pub Company of the Year at the prestigious Publican Awards, says it will offer support and guidance for the right tenants.

And it will also encourage people to use their own entrepreneurial skills to develop and grow their own business.

A Marston’s spokesman confirmed that the long term aim at the Cherries, which is surrounded by pleasant gardens, would be to once again offer “value for money food and drinks.”

He said: “We are on the lookout for quality tenants or managers who are passionate about pubs to come on-board at the Cherry Gardens Hotel and make it theirs.”

If you think you could run a pub and are the right person to take over the Cherry Gardens Hotel, you can find out more by contacting the Marston’s Pub Co recruitment line on 0844 848 3236.