Scotland business

Marston's in Scottish expansion

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Image caption Marston's runs more than 2,000 pubs across the UK and brews Pedigree and Banks's ales

Pub chain and brewer Marston's has outlined plans to expand into Scotland, creating hundreds of new jobs.

The company currently runs more than 2,100 pubs in England and Wales but none in Scotland.

Construction has started on the first pub restaurant in Dunbar, with four more to follow across the country over the next year.

Marston's invests about £2.5m in each new pub and every one creates 40 to 50 full and part-time jobs.

Work is due to start in November on pubs in Braehead and Edinburgh, and construction will begin on two more in Forfar and Dunfermline after Christmas.

Pete Dalzell, Marston's managing director of pub operations, said: "It's a natural extension of what we've been doing in England for the last three or four years - building brand new pub restaurants."

Mr Dalzell said the company had long-term plans to build about 25 pubs every year in the UK and between three to five of those would be in Scotland where Marston's had "a pipeline of sites".

Marston's has been carrying out research in Scotland to find out what customers want from a pub restaurant.

Mr Dalzell said it was the same as what English customers wanted bar one thing: "The one product they say we must have in our pubs is Irn Bru."

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