Cardiff’s Harry Ramsden’s looks set to close and be turned into a JD Wetherspoon pub, with the fish and chip chain saying it is in “advanced negotiations” to give up the lease on its Cardiff Bay restaurant.
The restaurant, in Landsea House, Stuart Place, was opened in 1995, but a statement from the company today said the “tough economic climate” meant it was having to consider its options in the city.
The firm said it was in advanced negotiations to surrender its lease in Cardiff Bay, and the building’s landlord was in “ongoing discussions to investigate a declared interest” from JD Wetherspoon to take on the lease at a later date.
The Harry Ramsden’s in Cardiff Bay currently employs 15 people, all of whom have been told about the consultation process.
The company’s statement added: “Depending on the outcome of these ongoing discussions, if necessary and where possible, alternative employment elsewhere within the company will be offered in a bid to keep job losses to a minimum, however, compulsory redundancies cannot be ruled out at that stage.”
CEO of Harry Ramsden’s Joe Teixeira said: “This is an extremely difficult decision however, in this tough economic climate, we are now in a position where we have to consider our options.”
A spokesman for JD Wetherspoon said the pub chain had exchanged contracts on the Stuart Place building, and was progressing with the deal, but was unable to give any further details at this time.
According to the Harry Ramsden’s website, the company has two restaurants in South Wales – the restaurant and take away service in Cardiff Bay, and a “quick service” restaurant in Bridgend.
JD Wetherspoon already has a number of pubs in central Cardiff, including The Gatekeeper on Westgate Street, The Crockerton on Greyfriars Road, The Prince of Wales on St Mary Street, and The Central Bar in Windsor Place.