Whelan's operator opens 11th site
South east multiple operator Austin Whelan has opened his 11th site.
South east multiple operator Austin Whelan has opened his 11th site under his family-run AK Whelan Management portfolio.
The business consists of seven leased and four freehold venues, including the Whelan's brand of Irish pubs.
Whelan (pictured) also has a separate estate of five London and south east-based locals with partner Colin Coogan called Doolin Rock Pubs.
The latest acquisition for AK Whelan Management is a freehold pub on Beckenham high street. Formerly known as The Manor House and prior to that a Slug and Lettuce site, the pub has undergone a £750,000 revamp.
Renamed Erin’s, after Whelan's daughter, the focus is on quality food and drink with live entertainment.
"I want to expand my portfolio to 15 sites in the next 12-18 months if good opportunities arise and am looking for more freeholds to increase the value of the business," says Whelan. "Part of being a multiple operator is enjoying taking risks and seeing the rewards. The days of opening the pub door following a refresh have gone. You have to invest properly in properties and staff. Going forward, it’s investment that will mark out those that will be in business in the long-term and those that will fall by the wayside."
Erin’s is Whelan’s second Beckenham pub. He also has The Elm Tree in Elms End.