Sunderland bar closes with the loss of 13 jobs

Varsity in Green Terrace, Sunderland.
Varsity in Green Terrace, Sunderland.
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MORE than a dozen people have lost their jobs after a city bar was forced to close down.

Varsity, based in the Galen Buildings, Green Terrace, was put in danger when its owner, Bramwell Pub Company, went into administration.

After a lack of interest from potential buyers, the bar, which offered cheap drink deals and a food menu, officially shut its doors for the last time on Thursday.

A spokeswoman for the acting administrator, Bramwell, Zolfo Cooper, said: “We can confirm that Sunderland’s Varsity bar was closed as it was no longer financially viable to trade, and there had been no interest expressed in acquiring the site.

“Thirteen employees were made redundant as a result.”

Varsity was one of a number of bars under threat when Bramwell Pub Company went into administration last month. Others were Chaplins, the Chesters and The Blue Bell in Sunderland, as well as Varsity in Durham.

The Chesters, Blue Bell and Varsity in Durham have now been bought by Stonegate Pub Company, which also owns the Board Inn, Durham Road, Sunderland.

At the time, a spokeswoman for the chain, which owns 560 venues nationwide, said: “We are delighted to have acquired these fantastic sites, along with securing the jobs within each of the premises. We look forward to welcoming the teams to the company and successfully operating the businesses.”

A total of 78 pubs across the country were sold on, saving 1,700 jobs.