The Red Cow pub in Allens Lane could be converted into a house, following a planning application to Walsall Council to change its use.
The troubled Marstons-owned pub, which has struggled to be profitable over the past few years, has had agency staff running it after the brewery failed to attract a tenant.
Now a planning application has been received by the local authority to convert the 1,190sq ft pub into a house. The change of use would include the car park next to the site.
A letter from the brewery confirms that the pub has “struggled to be commercially viable” and has made a moving annual turnover of £14,330 this year.
“In trying to compete with nearby public houses, the tenants have found it increasingly difficult to operate a profitable business due to the cost of fixed overheads,” writes Marstons estates surveyor Rachel Willis.
“This has resulted in a number of tenant failures and we have had to employ agency staff over the last year.”
Property agents Fleurets also wrote to the authority to say that despite the business being on the market since January, there has been no serious interest from potential buyers.
It was hoped the business would fetch more than £200,000 but “the overall condition and layout put the majority of these interested parties off”, writes Simon Cable of Fleurets. One lower offer was rejected by Marstons, he adds.
(thanks to Brownhills Bob for alerting us to the story.)