Community fights for the future of Closed Shop pub

A passionate group is fighting for the future of the Closed Shop at Crookesmoor
A passionate group is fighting for the future of the Closed Shop at Crookesmoor
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A group of passionate citizens has come together to secure the future of a historic Sheffield pub.

About 50 people met tonight to take up the fight to keep the Closed Shop in Crookesmoor open.

They met at the Hallamshire House on the other side of Commonside.

The campaign is spearheaded by the Closed Shop's manager, Chris Rodgers. Mr Rodgers said he was heartened to see other people get behind the cause tonight.

"I think it's fantastic," he said.

"It shows how much this pub means to people in the local area. I always thought it had a local clientele."

The pub closed last week after the company running it, Reet Ales, ceased trading.

Over a pint, the people who attended the meeting discussed a range of ideas on how to get the pub operating again.

Community ownership was one option spoken about, as was a tenancy at will with a local investor.

"We're looking for somebody to take on the lease long-term," Mr Rodgers said.

Mr Rodgers told the meeting that the pub needed to host events for the community. A street party, hosted in conjunction with Hallamshire House, is an idea put forward.

"There are things we could do as a small pub that would benefit the community as a whole," Mr Rodgers said.

The pub has a long history in Sheffield. Mr Rodgers said it dated back to the early 1900s as a public house.

"It started as a green grocers and an off-licence in the 1800s," he said.

Mr Rodgers said that, no matter what happened, the pub couldn't close again.

"As a community, we need to be rallying around the pub and making sure this kind of thing never happens again," he said.

Campaign for Real Ale representatives said they looked forward to the Closed Shop getting back on its feet.

“As an organisation we fully support any community venture that will reopen a popular pub and provide employment for its staff and will assist in any way we can,” CAMRA’s Paul Potts said.

“We sincerely hope this venture is successful and we look forward to the Closed Shop being back on the real ale circuit.”