ONE of Warrington's two Wetherspoon pubs has been put up for sale.

The pub giant has confirmed the Friar Penketh is one of 16 pubs across the UK to be put on the market through CBRE and Savilles.

It currently employs 37 members of staff.

Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “We can confirm that The Friar Penketh in Warrington has been put up for sale.

“We totally understand that our loyal customers and staff will be disappointed with this decision.

“However, Wetherspoon, does on occasion, put some of its pubs up for sale.

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“It is a commercial decision taken by the company taken after long consideration.

“The pub will continue to trade as normal until a buyer is found.

“We have told our staff that if the pub is sold and they do not transfer to the purchaser, then we would look to redeploy our employees at other Wetherspoon pubs in the region.”

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The Looking Glass on Buttermarket Street is not affected. It is understood that property is leased by the pub giant.

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Wetherspoon owner, Tim Martin