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Roebuck at Greengates is demolished to make way for a shop
Demolition has started on a pub at the heart of a community so a frozen-food shop can take its place.
Scaffolding has gone up at The Roebuck on the busy Harrogate Road crossroads in Greengates, ready to begin razing the once-popular pub to the ground.
Farmfoods is pushing ahead with its plan to knock the prominent building down to make way for its latest supermarket.
Farmfood’s agent Warren Clarke said: “Provisionally its been agreed. We’ve just got a few legal loopholes to go through but demolition work is starting.”
Farmfoods had put in its bid to build a new store on the site because it said the pub did not have a viable future.
The company did not want to comment on its plans at this stage but a spokesman for it previously said: “Successful pubs are now either drinks dominated in locations with heavy footfall – so-called wet-led pubs, or family and food-orientated pubs.
“The Roebuck site is not suitable for a family and food pub nor does it have a large enough footfall to make it a successful wet-led pub.
“Sadly, despite extensive marketing, the pub has no viable future and has been vacant for some time. The Roebuck is from a different age and pubs of this type are no longer attractive business opportunities.”
But the arrival of a freezer food outlet has had a frosty response from some people in the community, says ward councillor Jeanette Sunderland (Lib Dem) “There are mixed feelings. There are two groups – one will be sad to see the old building go because it has been a familiar landmark for so long.
“Then there is the other group who see it in a positive light as one step closer to us getting that busy junction improved.
“It’s all part of the process of change for that area. Junction improvements are in the plan for over the next few years.”
In plans for the new Farmfood shop, the new building will sit further away from the road edge than the pub currently does, sitting right on the junction edge.
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