May 11 2012 by Stuart Wilson, Ayrshire Post (main ed)
A £1 million superpub will finally open its doors next week.
National giant JD Wetherspoon is to unveil its latest bar, The Prestwick Pioneer, in the town’s Main Street.
And the new venue, on the site of a former Woolworths store, is set to create 45 jobs when it opens on Tuesday morning.
It comes after a long legal fight which saw the pub’s plans challenged in the Scottish courts before Wetherspoon were eventually given the go-ahead to develop.
The pub has been named after David McIntyre, one of Scotland’s leading aviation pioneers, who was the man behind Prestwick Airport.
In 1933, McIntyre and the Marquis of Clydesdale were the first to fly over Mount Everest.
Three years later they established a flying school at Prestwick, which was an important training centre for RAF pilots in World War Two.
McIntyre was heavily involved and also in the development of Prestwick into an international airport.
The flying school later became Scottish Aviation, which manufactured the single-engine Prestwick Pioneer and Twin Pioneer aircraft.
The Wetherspoon pub will be managed by Colin Rawson, who moves from the chain’s West Kirk pub in Ayr.
The Prestwick Pioneer will trade from 8am until 12 midnight Sunday to Thursday and 8am
until 12.30am Friday and Saturday.
The new-look pub will feature one bar, as well as photos, local history and information boards relating to the history and characters of the area, which will be displayed in the pub.
There are golf references throughout the pub, and a design inspired by Prestwick’s large golf link.
An acrylic on canvas painting of Elvis Presley, by local artist Simon Clark, who studied at Glasgow School of Art and who lived locally for many years, has been commissioned and is also on display.
Manager Colin said: “Myself and my team are looking forward to welcoming customers into the pub and we are confident that it will be a great addition to Prestwick’s community.”