North West multiple operator, Blind Tiger Inns, has opened the doors of its 13th location in partnership with Star Pubs & Bars.
The restoration and acquisition of the property is part of a nationwide development scheme. Star Pubs & Bars is investing £3.6 million in reviving local pubs across the county in 2017.
Cross Keys, in Barnoldswick, Lancashire, was opened following a four week closure for a £245,000 investment with Star Pubs & Bars.
While the pub is Blind Tiger Inns’ 13th site, it’s the 12th with Star. The work has redesigned a ‘tired’ pub to include new sports and games room and all weather garden.
Blind Tiger Inns is looking to further expand its estate in the North West with its current structure enabling it to grow to 20 sites. Its acquisition requirements are for leased pubs in high street and estate locations that are suitable for trading as quality community locals offering value, entertainment and sports.
“Leasing pubs, either on FRI or shorter term agreements, works for us and, with a good pub company partner, provides valuable support with training, marketing and business development. The community market is sometimes overlooked by leased operators but, in our experience, this sector has real potential to deliver strong returns and profits.” said Blind Tiger Inns MD Chris Tulloch.
Star Pubs & Bars operations director David Pritchard added: “Blind Tiger Inns has a real understanding of their target customers and what they want and are committed to exceeding their expectations. They are proof that the great British local continues to thrive when it adapts in line with customers’ changing demands.”