Run the Legh Arms pub with Marston's in Knutsford

The Legh Arms is a perfectly situated local pub in an affluent residential area of Knutsford and is popular for its high food standards. This is a great prospect for an licensee who is passionate about their local community. The Legh Arms has one large main room with lower bar and seating and raised dining area with room for approximately 50 covers. The lower area is also used for dining when needed and can accommodate a further 20 covers. The pub has ample comfortable and fixed seating throughout.

There is a large garden and car park to the rear with a separate outdoor bar. The pub currently attracts an array of local residents and passing trade from the surrounding boroughs. Due to its prominent main road location, there is potential to attract a wider range of customers. The pub has a strong reputation with the locals and continuing to host big events during the summer months will be essential to the business.

The site currently takes on average £12,500 per week with 30% of sales from the food side of the business, but has the potential to achieve up to £15k a week by targeting extra food and drinks sales.

We are looking for an licensee/s who can build strong links within the local community and has the drive to boost sales and drive the Legh Arms to reach its' full potential.

The Opportunity

That idea you’ve always had about running your own pub – always seemed like a distant dream, didn’t it? Bet you never realised it was just a £5k security deposit away (plus legal fees) with a Marston’s retail agreement. Your earnings will be based on a percentage of weekly net turnover and for those of you interested in delivering a food offer, the agreement may include one of our branded food menus. With low ingoing costs, all the training and support you need to set you up for success, this is a great way of running your own business. 

What’s in it for you?

  • A 25% share of weekly sales, excluding VAT.
  • Incentive bonuses based on business performance and standard audits
  • Low ingoing costs, starting with just a £5,000 deposit and £360 legal fees. See ‘Things to consider’ for more information.
  • Support obtaining your personal licence
  • Accommodation provided with most bills covered, except the council tax.
  • Call on us to cover the cost of repairs, fixtures and fittings
  • All of your stock, including food, and all associated consumables are supplied for free by Marston’s, although you will be responsible for managing it once it has been delivered.
  • Comprehensive induction training and ongoing support and training.
  • A dedicated Area Manager working with you to help you grow the business.
  • Access to our 450 strong-support teams whenever you need them – including Marketing, Recruitment and Food and Drink specialists.
  • All our Pub Partners get access to our FREE Learning, Development and Training platform Campus (a package worth over £300!).

What we expect from you:

Our Retail Agreement is a proven business-model, perfect for entrepreneurs who can drive sales, standards and guest experience.
In addition to the £5k security deposit required for this agreement, you will need to cover legal costs (£360 inc VAT), and your own insurance (except building insurance, which we’ll cover). Also, you’ll want to start thinking about your team; taking care of paying them and all other employment matters.

Before we all sign the agreement and see you heading into a whole new life, you’ll just need to show us proof that you’ve had independent financial and legal advice and have completed a sustainable business plan, in accordance with the Pubs Code. And, of course, obtain your personal licence (ask a member of our team about booking this course free of charge with us) and complete your induction training.

It’s a five-year commitment, so you have loads of time to build the business and get it performing brilliantly but, if you do want to leave early, there’s always the option of six months’ notice with a ‘break’ clause in the contract

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