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Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Let them die.

Here is a fascinating insight into how pub companies manage their estates. Rather than build a sustainable model, the business model appears one of short termism and screwing both Landlord and punter alike.

On this basis, why support pubs? Why support price controls to fix the market to allow these people to stiff customers? Pubs? Let them die.


StringersBeer said...

Surely you mean: Why support pubco pubs?

Cooking Lager said...

Why support any pub? It's a business not a club.

If you like a gaff and consider the prices reasonable, by all means be a customer. Only a mug would be a "supporter". Custom is conditional not unconditional.

I don't get why anyone would want to support pubs any more than support a football team, nor why anyone would want the market price rigged to support what are clearly badly run businesses dying on there arse.

StringersBeer said...

That's an interesting question - but it's not the question you asked: "on this basis, why support pubs?".

Tyson said...

I agree. I don't believe in supporting badly run businesses who just rip everyone off. Mmmm. We are talking about banks, right?

The Hearty Goodfellow said...

I visited a micro brewery in Lincs yesterday - hearing of their constant struggle against the pubco's self-serving malign grip was pretty depressing.

It did make me wonder if anything ale-related was worth fighting for. Then I tasted their beer, and was reminded what all the fuss was about.

Loyalty, however, is better saved for family, friends and country.

As you say, beer is business. Any notion of genuine affection for customers is mere tinsel.