Marston’s, the Wolverhampton-based brewer and pub operator, is exploring opportunities to open its first sites in Scotland as it looks to further grow its new-build estate. The company, which currently operates c.2,150 pubs across England and Wales, is set to apply for planning permission to build a managed pub restaurant close to an Asda supermarket in Dunbar, East Lothian. If successful the completed site would become the group’s first in Scotland. Marston’s is part way through a three-year plan to build 60 new food pubs. Last month, the company said it had completed 19 planned developments for 2011. It expects to open an additional 25 new pub-restaurants in the new financial year. It plans to maintain the pace of its new-build openings into 2013. The group, which is led by Ralph Findlay, said that the returns achieved from the new-build programme continued to exceed its original targets. Average weekly turnover among Marston’s new build sites reached £27,000 for the 42 weeks to 23 July, compared to just under £15,000 for its Inns and Taverns managed division as a whole.