Bangor pub blames declining trade for closure


Tomos Hughes

THE tenants of a Bangor High Street pub have cited declining trade and increasing costs as reasons why they have left the business.

Last week, The White Lion Inn became the second city centre pub to announce its closure in a matter of days after the landlord of the Three Crowns left following the fire in March.

White Lion landlord Martin Shaw believes that fierce competition is pricing many city centre pubs out of business.

He said: “A lack of trade and increasing rents and beer prices. It’s not as full as it used to be. I think a lot of the drinking culture has changed.

“It’s very difficult to get people down the High Street. We have Wetherspoons, Varsity, Fat Cat and Yates.

“There’s no other town in north Wales with four chain pubs like that.

“No one in Bangor seems to go to one pub and stay there, it’s part of a pub crawl.

“I’ve been here seven years so it’s heartbreaking really.

“We used to serve food and we were successful with food. But now we can’t compete with this.”

Mr Shaw also believes the continuing trend of developments being moved away from the city centre to the outskirts of town is playing its part in the decline of the High Street.

Mr Shaw added: “We’ve got to get people into Bangor but what we’ve done is moved everything out of town.

"There isn’t any real need to come into town any more.

“It’s just not condhusive to trade really. It is sad.”

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