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Demolition ‘unlikely’ for Mark Addy

Simon Binns discovers the Salford pub may actually be extended, according to its owners.

Written by . Published on February 9th 2011.

Demolition ‘unlikely’ for Mark Addy

The Mark Addy pub in Salford is unlikely to be demolished and may even be extended, according to its owner.

According to some reports, the popular pub is set for demolition following a huge CPO (compulsory purchase order) of land and buildings carried out by Salford City Council last week.

But bar operator James Ramsbottom, who owns the building, said the move was no great surprise and he had been talking to the council about the site for a while.

“We’ve been in conversation with the council for about two years on this,” he said. “We know the whole area is up for regeneration.

“The CPO is the first step in a very long process. I don’t think the council has any intention of demolishing it. I don’t think they want the Mark Addy on their hands to be honest.

“The CPO might appear a fairly dramatic move but it won’t necessarily affect the negotiations we’re having with the council to develop the site. It might mean the council giving us some additional land, as we might actually prefer to extend the Mark Addy rather than demolish it.”

Ramsbottom has leased the pub out to a company called Superchase, led by Margaret Hope and chef Rob Owen Brown, and it has gathered a loyal foodie following since 2009.

Ramsbottom said a new bridge being built between the pub and Spinningfields would also help him decide what to do with the site when the lease ends.

“That should be in place by December and will give a good indication of how popular it is,” he said. “The pub seems to be doing well for Margaret and Rob.”

A spokesman for the Mark Addy said the management team was aware of the CPO and the pub was continuing to trade as normal. “It’s business as usual and we don’t expect that to change in the near future,” he said.

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meFebruary 9th 2011.

This place stinks and the new 'decor' is awful. The best thing that could happen is for it to be pulled down!

Brian StevensonFebruary 9th 2011.

So it has only gained one loyal foodie since 2009? Must try harder !

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