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JD Wetherspoon takes over Harry Ramsden's in Cardiff Bay

14 December 2012 by

Pub group JD Wetherspoon is taking over the former Harry Ramsden's fish and chip restaurant in Cardiff.

The deal will see JD Wetherspoon invest £1.3m in the Cardiff Bay pub and restaurant, with the site scheduled to reopen by the middle of next year.

The national franchise has surrendered the lease on its former restaurant. A JD Wetherspoon pub will now open in its place at Landsea House in Stuart Place.

JD Wetherspoon already has a number of pubs in Cardiff, including the Gatekeeper at Westgate Street, the Crockerton at Greyfriars Road, the Prince of Wales at St Mary Street and the Central Bar, Windsor Place.

A spokesman for JD Wetherpsoon said: "We have been seeking suitable premises in Cardiff Bay for some time and we feel that this building will give JD Wetherspoon an excellent prominence in the bay. We feel this is a great acquisition for the company and shows our ongoing confidence in Cardiff and south Wales generally."

JD Wetherspoon has signed a 30-year lease on the 12,000sq ft two-storey property, with a one-year rent-free period spread over the first five years of the term.

JD Wetherspoon, which is a major UK employer with 840 pubs in the UK employing some 26,000 people, has come to an arrangement to take on staff laid off from the former Harry Ramsden operation.

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By Kerstin Kühn

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