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Reopening of Derby’s Standing Order on track as 50 new jobs created

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A total of 50 new jobs have been created thanks to the extension of a Derby Wetherspoon pub during a huge four-month refurbishment worth £1.7 million. The Standing Order, one of the chain’s three city centre venues, has been closed since early May to undergo the big changes.

Work has been ongoing throughout the summer on a new purpose-built beer garden, seating area and an extended bar and kitchen inside the Iron Gate pub. A reopening date has now been confirmed as being Tuesday, September 6, with customers to be welcomed back from 8am.

The pub has been extended into the adjoining Joseph Wright House, formerly occupied by Boxall Brown & Jones estate agents. As a result of more than 2,000sq ft of additional floor space being created, a total of 50 new full-time and part-time jobs have been recruited across the bar, kitchen and front-of-house.

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Pub manager Tom Parfitt said: “Wetherspoon has spent £1.7million on the pub, providing further investment into the city, as well as new jobs for local people. The new-look extended pub will also prove a great asset to the business.

“Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers back into The Standing Order and we are confident that they will be impressed by the new extension to the building.”

Last month, computer-generated images gave punters a first glimpse at how the changes should look when they are competed in less than two weeks from now. The new beer garden is situated at the rear of the pub, where the old car park was located, and has seen an additional 3,570 sq ft of space created.

The pub, which originally opened as a Wetherspoon in October 1995, has also seen its interior fully refurbished, including the large decorative ceiling of the former banking hall. The chain says it has ensured the structural integrity of the Grade-II listed palazzo-style building for future generations.

A newly-designed carpet, linked to the history of the building, has also been fitted. A Wetherspoon spokesman said: “The carpet design takes reference from the cheques used by the former Crompton & Evans Union Bank, the signatures within have been extracted and re-interpreted into a unique flooring finish, as a subtle nod to the former use.”



The Standing Order has been closed since bank holiday Monday, May 2, but the reopening date is now less than two weeks away
The Standing Order has been closed since Bank Holiday Monday, May 2, but the reopening date is now less than two weeks away

A full toilet upgrade has also been completed, including a new accessible toilet, together with a new kitchen, including an open gantry, as well as heating/cooling and lighting upgrades.

The Standing Order has been temporarily shut since Bank Holiday Monday, May 2, but there are of course two other Wetherspoon pubs in the city centre, The Thomas Leaper next door in Iron Gate, and The Babington Arms in Babington Lane. There are also a further nine branches in the wider county, including venues in Chesterfield, Alfreton, Ilkeston, Ripley and Swadlincote.

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