THE Silk Kite on Church Street is to close its doors permanently this weekend as part of a string of closures across the chain.
The Silk Kite pub which is owned by JD Wetherspoon will cease trading on Sunday, April 17 after serving the towns punters for the last 7 years.
The 44 ‘zero-hour’ staff currently employed at the location are being given the opportunity to re-locate to another pub within the chain. It is not known what is happening to the full-time staff.
Silk Kite first opened its doors to the public in 2009 after being redeveloped from what was then Chicago Rock, spending nearly half-a-million pounds on the work.
Prior to Chicago Rock Cafe, the site was a showroom for the Midlands Electricity Board; I remember visiting with my Nan and purchasing a TV, with teletext!
A JD Wetherspoon spokesperson has said:
“The last trading day for The Silk Kite will be this Sunday. The Bole Bridge pub will remain open.
“Of 44 zero hour contracted staff, no one will lose their job. Staff will either be relocated to The Bole Bridge or at another Wetherspoon pub in other parts of the region. JD Wetherspoon, like many other companies, looks at its progress from time to time and has to make decisions which are right for the company.
“We are closing a number of pubs across the country and The Silk Kite is one of those.”