The Mons 'to become a McDonald's as sale nears completion'

A sign at The Mons, Bootle
-Credit: (Image: Liverpool Echo)

The site of The Mons pub will be sold to McDonald's, the ECHO understands.

Found at the junction of Breeze Hill and Southport Road in Bootle since 1966, the pub closed its doors for good last month. It was part of Mitchells & Butlers' Stonehouse Pizza & Carvery chain, but its parent company decided to sell the site.

A spokesperson for Mitchells & Butlers told the ECHO on July 3: "We continuously review our estate to ensure that we’re always obtaining the best returns from each of our assets, and driving innovation across our brands, to enable us to continue to deliver shareholder value. Following an approach, we have taken the decision to sell Mons Bootle.

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"The team have been consulted and we hope to redeploy as many employees as possible to other sites we operate nearby."

The ECHO understands that a deal to sell the site to McDonald's is nearing completion and the pub will one of the chain's fast food restaurants. When approached for comment by the ECHO, a McDonald's spokesperson said: "We are always on the look out for suitable locations and are currently exploring a number of opportunities in the wider area."

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The Mons' future was the subject of a number of rumours in its final days as a pub. The ECHO received a number of messages suggesting it would be sold to McDonald's, with posts in Bootle-based Facebook groups making the same suggestion.

The pub, which takes its name from Bootle's twin town in Belgium, Mons, first opened in 1966 as part of the Walker brewery chain. A flyer for its opening read: "Enjoy the continental atmosphere of the Belfry Bar and Lumecon Lounge. The Hainaut Banqueting Suite, with sprung dance floor and cocktail bar, is available for private functions."

It added: "Walkers Bitter and Tetley's Mild and, of course, a full range of wines and spirits. Ample car parking area for patrons."

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