A HISTORIC building in Bury St Edmunds took a step closer to its future this week, when work to transform it into a pub got under way.
The Corn Exchange, in Abbeygate Street, has been teeming with activity after workmen for JD Wetherspoon arrived on Monday to begin gutting the inside of the Grade II listed building.
The pub chain is leasing the first floor, which became redundant as a public hall in 2010, from St Edmundsbury Borough Council and plans to have the development - which it says will cost £1.4 million - up and running by June 5.
Eddie Gershon, spokesman for Wetherspoons, said: “We’re delighted that we’re now officially on site and that the pub’s going to come to fruition.
“It’s a site we’ve had an interest in for many, many months and it’s great news that work’s finally started and that we now have an opening date which isn’t too far off.”
The pub chain, which used to operate The Wolf in St John’s Street, divided public opinion when it submitted plans for the site last year.
“It’s a very positive step and well worth all the time that went into the application,” added Mr Gershon.