Greene King is thought to have joined forces with Noble House Leisure and Enterprise Inns in their bid for W&D.
Greene King is willing to pay around £80m for 80 of Wolvesé bigger managed houses. Enterprise would pay between £400m and £500m for 1,300 pubs including all 1,000 of its tenanted pubs. The balance of 400 managed pubs, including the Pitcher & Piano chain, would go to Noble House, which would also retain Wolvesé brewing arm with its Pedigree and Banks's brands.
The Times 24/3/01 page 54
Sunday Business 25/03/01
The Sunday Telegraph 25/03/01
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