Could Wetherspoons be opening in old London Road Co-Op?

Posted On 01 Sep 2014 at 1:59 pm
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Wetherspoons could be the latest pub to follow the buzz to Brighton’s newly revived London Road.

London Road Co-op. Picture by Philip Wells

London Road Co-op. Picture by Philip Wells

Brighton and Hove News understands that the pub chain is considering opening a branch in the newly rebuilt Co-op building.

It will join several pubs which have either opened or been refurbished in the past few years – not to mention new restaurants, cafes, a theatre and the Open Market.

The old department store has been demolished and replaced with housing for 350 students, with commercial units available on the ground floor.

Permission for the development, now known as Abacus, was granted on the condition the facade of the 1930s building was kept.

The first students are due to move in this week.

  1. Rolivan Reply

    Well if it has similar clientele to that of the Cliftonville in Hove that will put London Rd back to where it was before these developments started.

  2. Rolivan Reply

    Well if it has similar clientele to that of the Cliftonville in Hove that will put London Rd back to where it was before these developments started.

  3. Rolivan Reply

    Well if it has similar clientele to that of the Cliftonville in Hove that will put London Rd back to where it was before these developments started.

  4. karen Reply

    That’s the last thing going London Road needs.

  5. karen Reply

    That’s the last thing going London Road needs.

  6. karen Reply

    That’s the last thing going London Road needs.

  7. feline1 Reply

    Keep it classy, London Road! 😀

  8. feline1 Reply

    Keep it classy, London Road! 😀

  9. feline1 Reply

    Keep it classy, London Road! 😀

  10. Louise Gallagher Reply

    Wetherspoons? So they’re going for a West St Mk II vibe then… oh great.

  11. Louise Gallagher Reply

    Wetherspoons? So they’re going for a West St Mk II vibe then… oh great.

  12. Louise Gallagher Reply

    Wetherspoons? So they’re going for a West St Mk II vibe then… oh great.

  13. Angela Reply

    I think it’s a great idea and I think Wetherspoons will do well !!

  14. Angela Reply

    I think it’s a great idea and I think Wetherspoons will do well !!

  15. Angela Reply

    I think it’s a great idea and I think Wetherspoons will do well !!

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    has won the MOAN of the YEAR AWARD yet again!!!!!.

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  19. Alison Smith Reply

    Students all go to “Spoons” anyway, so they’ll only have to walk upstairs after closing. No different to an in-house ‘Campus’ bar really.

  20. Alison Smith Reply

    Students all go to “Spoons” anyway, so they’ll only have to walk upstairs after closing. No different to an in-house ‘Campus’ bar really.

  21. Alison Smith Reply

    Students all go to “Spoons” anyway, so they’ll only have to walk upstairs after closing. No different to an in-house ‘Campus’ bar really.

  22. Rolivan Reply

    Angela, and how many small pubs will it put out of business, it will do well Brighton is rife with Alcoholics.

  23. Rolivan Reply

    Angela, and how many small pubs will it put out of business, it will do well Brighton is rife with Alcoholics.

  24. Rolivan Reply

    Angela, and how many small pubs will it put out of business, it will do well Brighton is rife with Alcoholics.

  25. Nicky Goodyer Reply

    God….. couldn’t think of anything worse, I live near here. Thought they were trying to make London Road a nice area, this will just drag it back down again, attract more undesirables to the area….. Please no,need to get a petition going against it !!!!

  26. Alison Smith Reply

    Competition is good for the consumer. The small pubs will have to diversify…..food, coffees, entertainment etc. Use them or lose them?

  27. Alison Smith Reply

    Competition is good for the consumer. The small pubs will have to diversify…..food, coffees, entertainment etc. Use them or lose them?

  28. Alison Smith Reply

    Competition is good for the consumer. The small pubs will have to diversify…..food, coffees, entertainment etc. Use them or lose them?

  29. Jane leigh Reply

    Will b good to see a another pub in the area ,good cheap breakfast ….make it my regular ……during the day u get a lot of the more mature going in. A lot more jobs for locals , it won’t b like west street as not near all the clubs. So good on you Wetherspoon hope you your way…

  30. Jane leigh Reply

    Will b good to see a another pub in the area ,good cheap breakfast ….make it my regular ……during the day u get a lot of the more mature going in. A lot more jobs for locals , it won’t b like west street as not near all the clubs. So good on you Wetherspoon hope you your way…

  31. Jane leigh Reply

    Will b good to see a another pub in the area ,good cheap breakfast ….make it my regular ……during the day u get a lot of the more mature going in. A lot more jobs for locals , it won’t b like west street as not near all the clubs. So good on you Wetherspoon hope you your way…

  32. Charlie Streeg Reply

    We have a great bar just a few doors up from the Co-op building in Al Campo. Bringing wetherspoons to London road will just, as others have stated, take it back to the pre development days. There is no point in spending millions of pounds on an area only to send it huring back to the gutter with this kind of pub.
    AlCampo is a great space, has a great atmosphere, great food and great staff, oh and the drinks are great too. We need to think of the other pubs in the area, how are they going to be affected with wetherspoons moving in???

    Stay away wetherspoons, we have enough places to go eat and drink in the area. We do not need your kind here !!!!!!

  33. Charlie Streeg Reply

    We have a great bar just a few doors up from the Co-op building in Al Campo. Bringing wetherspoons to London road will just, as others have stated, take it back to the pre development days. There is no point in spending millions of pounds on an area only to send it huring back to the gutter with this kind of pub.
    AlCampo is a great space, has a great atmosphere, great food and great staff, oh and the drinks are great too. We need to think of the other pubs in the area, how are they going to be affected with wetherspoons moving in???

    Stay away wetherspoons, we have enough places to go eat and drink in the area. We do not need your kind here !!!!!!

  34. Charlie Streeg Reply

    We have a great bar just a few doors up from the Co-op building in Al Campo. Bringing wetherspoons to London road will just, as others have stated, take it back to the pre development days. There is no point in spending millions of pounds on an area only to send it huring back to the gutter with this kind of pub.
    AlCampo is a great space, has a great atmosphere, great food and great staff, oh and the drinks are great too. We need to think of the other pubs in the area, how are they going to be affected with wetherspoons moving in???

    Stay away wetherspoons, we have enough places to go eat and drink in the area. We do not need your kind here !!!!!!

  35. Nicky Goodyer Reply

    Totally agree Charlie…..I am going to try and see where I can object,not done anything like this before…. Hate Weatherspoons, its cheap because it has no atmosphere, poor quality food and of course small businesses can’t compete !!!

  36. Nicky Goodyer Reply

    Totally agree Charlie…..I am going to try and see where I can object,not done anything like this before…. Hate Weatherspoons, its cheap because it has no atmosphere, poor quality food and of course small businesses can’t compete !!!

  37. Nicky Goodyer Reply

    Totally agree Charlie…..I am going to try and see where I can object,not done anything like this before…. Hate Weatherspoons, its cheap because it has no atmosphere, poor quality food and of course small businesses can’t compete !!!

  38. Anything but Weatherspoons Reply

    Actually most of the students will be International and post grads and i am sure they would not welcome the noise and disturbance another large pub would cause. London Road has a number of fairly well run pubs why add another?

  39. Anything but Weatherspoons Reply

    Actually most of the students will be International and post grads and i am sure they would not welcome the noise and disturbance another large pub would cause. London Road has a number of fairly well run pubs why add another?

  40. sue Reply

    Here’s hoping weatherspoons get the licence. B nice to see another well known name in the area, not all weather spoons r noisey places Staff r always friendly you don’t have to use it u do have a choice would u rather it stood empty like the places along Lewes road act…The old comet ,the army building 10 years or more what a eyesore. They could always turn it into a tesco

  41. sue Reply

    Here’s hoping weatherspoons get the licence. B nice to see another well known name in the area, not all weather spoons r noisey places Staff r always friendly you don’t have to use it u do have a choice would u rather it stood empty like the places along Lewes road act…The old comet ,the army building 10 years or more what a eyesore. They could always turn it into a tesco

  42. sue Reply

    Here’s hoping weatherspoons get the licence. B nice to see another well known name in the area, not all weather spoons r noisey places Staff r always friendly you don’t have to use it u do have a choice would u rather it stood empty like the places along Lewes road act…The old comet ,the army building 10 years or more what a eyesore. They could always turn it into a tesco

  43. sue Reply

    Good on you Wetherspooms you got your licence can’t wait for the opening

  44. Rob Kennedy Reply

    Wetherspoons on London Road is a shortsighted and destructive decision if it goes ahead. It will put the whole regeneration a massive step backwards and will kill a lot of already struggling traditional Brighton pubs.
    Wrong wrong wrong and I can’t believe Brighton council could even consider it.

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