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Admiral buys 137 pubs from Marston’s

Admiral Taverns, the UK’s number one community pub group, is pleased to announce that it is set to acquite 137 pubs from Marston’s. The nationwide portfolio is comprised of a mixture of predominately tenanted, leased and retail-agreement sites across England and Wales.

Last year has seen Admiral accelerate its growth strategy to expand its estate of community pubs, most recently acquiring 150 pubs from Star Pubs & Bars in October 2019. Admiral has consistently championed the merits of the supported-tied agreement and remains focussed on developing its estate through this model.

This latest acquisition builds on the Group’s successful track record of acquiring, integrating and developing sustainable tenanted pub businesses, unlocking new growth opportunities through its award winning and operations-centric approach.

To support the integration of the pubs in the portfolio which currently operate under retail-agreements, the Group has formed a partnership with experienced managed-operator Helen Standing, to facilitate the smooth transition of these pubs to the Admiral platform whilst the Group evaluates the longer-term opportunities for these sites.

Commenting on the acquisition, Chris Jowsey, Chief Executive of Admiral Taverns said: This is another exciting acquisition for our business, building on the strong momentum established over the course of the year and on behalf of the entire team I would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new licensees and colleagues to Admiral.

“We remain fully committed to the leased and tenanted model and through this acquisition have been able to acquire an excellent portfolio of pubs which we look forward to developing through our award-winning and highly supportive approach.

“I’m also very pleased that Helen Standing has agreed to partner with us to support the wider integration programme for some of these pubs. Helen is a highly successful, experienced operator who is well known to our team and we are looking forward to working very closely with her and these pubs.”