A HISTORIC pub which has served drinkers for nearly 200 years will be demolished this week.
The Clothiers Arms on Dewsbury Road closed earlier this year and has been targeted by vandals.
Now a developer is hoping to build a new second-hand car showroom plus a buffet restaurant which will sell Indian and Chinese food.
Planning permission for the changes has not yet been requested for the site, but Wakefield Council this week gave Adambro Properties consent to knock down the pub.
Bob Wallis for Real Ale (CAMRA) said records for the pub went back to at least 1822.
He said: “It is sad whenever a pub closes, but we have been aware for some time that the Clothiers Arms was struggling.
“It would have been a superb building in its time and would have had lots of people staying there with room to leave horses and coaches.
“But the pub market is in turmoil at the moment and its location probably did not help, as it misses out on the Westgate Run.
“The only pubs which seem to be bucking the trend are those which serve food, offer local real ales or have music nights.”
Planning agent John Hennell, who acted for Adambro Properties, said the demolition had been brought forward due to vandalism at the pub.
Owner Mr G Hussain bought the pub after it closed,
A spokesman for him said he had originally thought about building a car wash.
He added: “He plans to open a modern car show room downstairs, with a modern restaurant upstairs.
“They will be run separately but owned by the same person.
“They will be new businesses and could create up to six new jobs.
“The restaurant will be like a buffet and sell Indian and Chinese food.”
The spokesman also, said demolition work would start before Wednesday, but could not confirm when its replacement would be built.
Builders were constructing a wall around the site this week and the demolition of the pub could take up to a week to be completed.