Selby MP Nigel Adams visited The Giant Bellflower to meet staff and customers, after the official ribbon-cutting by the town’s mayor, earlier in the morning.
He told The Selby Post newspaper: “Up to £1.4 million has been spent converting the furniture store into a pub – and the result is simply stunning.
“A large atrium over the bar area makes it feel light and open inside, and modern décor and furnishings make it a really pleasant place to go for a coffee, meal or a beer.
“This is a very welcome addition to the Selby high street. It was a pleasure to meet some of the 45 new staff, hired to work in the pub, and even more pleasing to hear that they are almost all local people.
“It’s good to hear that the recruitment process involved Selby College and the job centre working together.
“When I was in the pub, I enjoyed a filter coffee and was able to pick up my e-mails, using the free Wi-Fi. I wish the new pub every success.”
His views were backed by the Mayor of Selby, Cllr George Carter. He said: “The pub shows confidence
in the Selby economy that a national company would want to come here. From Selby’s point of view, I feel that it will enhance the high street.
“Hopefully, the new Wetherspoon pub will be a catalyst to help Selby’s trading environment, so we welcome it to the town.”