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Heineken confirms pubs in the West Midlands set for major investment

Heineken has confirmed a pub in the Midlands is undergoing a revamp with others earmarked for major investments.

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Wildmoor Oak

The company revealed on Monday it is to invest £39 million in more than 600 of its UK pubs, in a move it says will create more than 1,000 new jobs. In the West Midlands, more than 85 jobs are expected to be generated with £2.4m investment.

The Dutch brewing giant said the cash injection into its Star Pubs operation will also allow it to reopen 62 long-term closed pubs this year.

Star Pubs has confirmed The Wildmoor Oak at Wildmoor near Bromsgrove is currently undergoing a £513,000 revamp to be completed this month.

This will turn it into an independent gastro pub, creating 20 new jobs.

Star also confirmed The Talbot, Cheslyn Hay, Staffordshire is on a list for planned investment to reopen this year. The Bell in Shifnal is set for a refurbishment, which is subject to recruitment.

Building work has also been carried out on a major £400,000 transformation of the Plough Inn on Whitecross Road, Hereford, which created seven jobs.

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