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Wetherspoon announces it is closing popular city pub

JD Wetherspoon’s has announced it will be closing its Kings Heath pub in late November.

The Pear Tree has been running for 20 years but the company said it was closing the pub because the site’s lease was about to run out.

It is currently investing £2 million in its acquisition of the 19th century Navigation Inn on the junction between Wharf Road and Pershore Road South in Kings Norton.

This pub will open in December before Christmas after The Pear Tree closes in late November.

Kings Heath staff will transfer there as well as to the Elizabeth of York in Moseley and to the giant Black Horse in Northfield, which is currently completing its own £350,000 renovation following Wetherspoon’s £2.5 million upgrade after purchase in 2010.

JD Wetherspoon pub The Pear Tree in Alcester Road South, Kings Heath will close in late November 2021

Kings Heath resident and music promoter Dave Travis said although some residents in the area would ‘not be supportive of Wetherspoon founder Tim Martin’ the pub did have ‘its own clientele’.

Dave, who once booked Oasis to play at the then Jug of Ale in Moseley, said: “In the grand scheme of things, I don’t think The Pear Tree will be missed too much.

“It’s only been there for about 20 years – I can’t even remember what it was before – so it’s not like it’s a great historic feature of the area.

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“And Kings Heath still offers something for everyone from The Station to The Red Lion. In between there’s the likes of The Juke and Fletchers on York Road, the Hop & Scotch on Institute Road and live music venue the Hare & Hounds – as well as The Old Court (formerly Cross Guns) – so that’s everything from historic pubs in beautiful buildings to smaller craft beer places.”

Wetherspoon said it was not uncommon for the company to close pubs when leases ran out, such as The Assembly Rooms on Poplar Road in Solihull.

A spokesman said: “Wetherspoon has always invested when others haven’t and will always look for smaller towns and then invest very, very heavily like we are doing with The Navigation Inn in Kings Norton ready for it to open before Christmas.

“Our staff at The Pear Tree are being offered jobs elsewhere.”

The Pear Tree is at 25-27 Alcester Road South, Kings Heath B14 7JQ and is one of the pubs taking part in the company’s Real Ale Festival which sees pubs selling pints for £1.99 each.

The festival runs daily until the close on Sunday, October 31 – the same day the clocks go back one hour at 2am following the end of British Summer Time.

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