Greene King is closing a brewery as part of its purchase of UK regional brewer and pub group Hardys & Hansons.

The announcement, made today (3 October), follows a review of Hardys & Hansons after Greene King acquired the group last month. Greene King paid GBP10.59 per share for the company, valuing Hardys & Hansons at GBP270m (US$514m).

Greene King has confirmed that it will close the brewing facility in Kimberley, Nottinghamshire, by the end of the year, with around 80 of the company's 2,200 jobs at risk of redundancy. "We are committed to minimising the final number and offering the best possible support to those affected," said Greene King's CEO, Rooney Anand.

"Greene King invests more in cask beer than any other brewer but, to remain viable, returns have to be delivered on this investment," Anand continued. "The best way to ensure that Hardys & Hansons' brands continue to flourish in a challenging ale market is to transfer brewing to Bury St Edmunds. The head office functions will also be moved there by the end of December."

The Kimberley site will continue to house cellar service and distribution for the company, to help develop the markets in the midlands and the north of the UK.