Marston’s secures site in West Lothian

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BREWER and pub operator Marston’s is continuing with its push into Scotland after securing a site in West Lothian.

The Wolverhampton-based company – which makes beers including Cumberland Ale, Hobgoblin and Pedigree – is applying for planning permission to build a pub at Southdale, the former Armadale station brownfield development site.

Adrian Blackburn, Marston’s acquisitions manager, said the pub would create about 40 full- and part-time jobs and would open in 2015.

In October, Marston’s unveiled plans to build ten outlets in Scotland at a cost of about £25 million. The first have already opened at Braehead, Dunbar and Edinburgh, with Dunfermline and Forfar also on its “to do” list.

The company already owns more than 2,000 sites in England and Wales.