20 Sep 2012
More than 700 local pubs across Scotland have closed over the last five years, a report released today has stated.
The research by Molson Coors showed that much-loved “locals” had vanished from communities across Scotland.
A range of factors, from the smoking ban to the recession, have been blamed for the decline.
And the report said that independent bars have been much harder hit than chain pubs over that time period.
Scottish Conservative MSP Alex Johnstone said:
“A well run pub can be the heart of a small community and we are losing them at an unprecedented rate.
“Meanwhile people are drinking at home, often in front of their children, and setting a very different example from that set by previous generations.
“The Scottish Government needs to get off the backs of small, independent pubs and realise the positive contribution they make.
“If that happens, hopefully more of them will be able to survive in the future.”