Wetherspoons has bought the old Threeways Inn – and could be set to breathe new life into the eyesore premises.
The building has stood derelict on the town’s North Street since 2008.
It will tidy up that whole area, so this is quite substantial for Leven.Councillor Tom Adams
But now , UK pub chain JD Wetherspoons wants to develop AND expand the site.
Although no time frame has been put on the development, it could see the whole Shorehead area transformed as Fife Council looks to put its plans for Bridge Street and North Street into place over the next 12 months.
John Hutson, Wetherspoon chief executive, told the Mail: “We have been keen to open a pub in the town for a while and this is a positive step in the right direction.
“We believe a Wetherspoon pub will be good for the town and its people, and also act as a catalyst for further investment in Leven.”
The news has been welcomed by nearby garage owner Bob Bolt.
“I’m quite glad to hear about this actually. It was an eyesore – you come into town and it’s right there.
“If that had been in Glenrothes or Kirkcaldy, the Council would have done something by now.
“It’s really good, and we’re getting houses on the old gasworks show room ground too – everyone will be happy to see something happening on the street now.”
Councillor Tom Adams, chairman of the Levenmouth area committee, has also welcomed the news: “I think this sounds really good, and it ties in nicely with what the Council want to do at the whole Shorehead area too.
“It will tidy up that whole area, so this is quite substantial for Leven.”
Pub and entertainment boss Lee Murray said the move would be good in general for the town but less so in terms of business competition.
The establishments he owned would simply have to “up their game” and work harder, he added.
“Attracting another big name to Leven – that in itself has to be positive,” said Mr Murray.
“Obviously, it’s going to be tough for the businesses I run but we’ll have to work harder and be competitive, and provide as good a service as we can.”
Wetherspoons nevertheles stood up for the trade and worked very hard for it, said Mr Murray, who is due to open a pizzeria this month at the site of the former Blazers pub in North Street.
James Torrance, manager at the Windsor in Leven, saidthe news was a “double edged sword”.
“I’m sure it’ll help the area, and it’s good that it’s is being redeveloped, but it is a worry. Wetherspoons are price bandits, and other places just won’t be able to keep up. I do think some will close.”