Up to 15 new jobs are to be created as a result of a £525,000 pub refurbishment in Tyne and Wear.
The former Chevys pub in Emerson Road, Washington, is currently owned by Punch Taverns and will now become Champs after the revamp.
The venue is leased to Lindsay Armstrong in partnership with Punch Taverns. The upgrade will include new décor, better facilities and new jobs.
Licensee Armstrong, who has been running the pub for seven years, said: “There will be major work conducted throughout to transform it into one of the leading sports bars.
“We will be adding 33 plasma screens, showing all different sports, and introducing seating booths with individual TVs.
“We will be introducing a brand new menu and serving breakfast.
“The plans look absolutely amazing; we will be offering the area something different and a range of facilities to suit all.
“I look forward to seeing the end result.”
Punch Taverns’ partnership development manager, Rob Summers, is also looking forward to the new look pub: “It’s great that Punch can invest in their pubs and we essentially want to reposition Champs as Washington’s leading bars that can provide great drinks, food and sports for residents and visitors to Washington.”
Burton-based pub company Punch is Britain’s second biggest pubs group and owns around 4,200 pubs across the country.
Last year it won the Business Enabler of the Year Award for its Punch Foundation Tenancy (PFT) lease agreement, a way for entrepreneurs to enter the trade, as well as for exisiting publicans to gain business skills.
It beat competition from nine businesses from different industries to receive the award.