North West pub company Blind Tiger Inns has announced it is taking leases on three new pubs with Star Pubs and Bars.
The new sites include The Station at Preston, The Victoria at Aigburth and Burnley-based the Park View, taking its estate to 18 leased sites, 17 of which are with Star.
At the same time, Blind Tiger Inns is embarking on a £450,000 joint investment programme with Star across five of its venues.
The Queens Arms at Aintree and The Halfway House at Runcorn will each receive a £50,000 revamp to maintain the quality of their surroundings and provide new facilities for customers.
Further joint refurbishments totaling £350,000 at Blind Tiger Inns’ three new pubs will upgrade them into great quality community locals, specialising in sports and entertainment.
The projects at The Station, The Victoria and the Park View will “maximise the pubs” appeal and “potential”.
Chris Tulloch, managing director of Blind Tiger Inns, said the company’s “quality” wet-led community proposition is “proving popular” with pub-goers, leading to year-on-year growth at all its sites.
He said: “It’s a buoyant market if you provide a great environment and experience. People tend to think of wet-led pubs as male-dominated, but we’re seeing a big increase in the percentage of female customers.”
“Customers want to see investment in their surroundings, so it feels special when they go out. The joint refurbishment opportunities provided by leased pubs are a major part of their attraction, and our good relationship with Star is one of the reasons we continue to take new leases with them.”
He added: “There’s a strong mutual trust, and we’re given the flexibility to use our own contractors. Plus their choice of brands works perfectly for our business model.”