Kurnia Group Press Notice
11 February 2011
For immediate release
Wetherspoons Come to Louth
The owners of Kai’s Bar Louth, the Kurnia Group, have confirmed that today, 11 February 2011, that they have sold their premises in Louth to the national managed pub operator JD Wetherspoon.
Kurnia bought the premises in 2000 when they were then known as Scarfes and after 3 months of renovation and structural works opened in the spring of 2000. Michael Kheng, director of the Kurnia Group, said;
He had enjoyed the 11 years at Kai’s Louth and thanked everyone that supported the bar over the time especially all that have ever been involved. We have been in discussions with JD Wetherspoon for some time now but contractually have been able to make any comments on who the new owners may be until today. It is great to see a company such as JD Wetherspoon express an interest in Louth and shall look forward to when it opens.
JD Wetherspoon have over 786 managed pubs up and down the country.
Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: ” We are delighted to have acquired Kai’s Bar Louth and look forward to redeveloping it and opening it as a Wetherspoon outlet in the coming months.”
JD Wetherspoon plans to invest £1.5 million redeveloping the site.
Notes for Editors
The Kurnia Group are involved in the licensed trade in 3 aspects:
They own and operate licensed bars in Lincolnshire, namely Lincoln, Louth and Mablethorpe
The have a licensing consultancy, Kurnia Licensing Consultancy, which is one of the largest consultancy firms in Lincolnshire and have clients all throughout England. ( http://www.kurnia.co.uk )
They are a BIIAB approved training centre approved to administer BIIAB qualifications specifically designed for the licensed trade ( http://www.biiab.org )
Kurnia are members of the following organizations:
The Association of Multiple Licensed Retailers ( http://www.almr.org.uk )
The British Beer and Pub Association ( http://www.beerandpub.com )
The British Institute of Innkeeping ( http://www.bii.org )
All Party Parliamentary Beer Group
The Institute of Licensing
The Kurnia Group has won two awards in the national Responsible Drinks Retailing Awards in 2008 and 2010 for the best Pub Company.
For further details please contact:
Michael Kheng CBii
Director – Kurnia Group
01507 477481 / 07971 841273
Eddie Gershon PR on behalf of JD Wetherspoon
0208 352 5012 / 07956 392234
– Michael Kheng