UK-headquartered pub and restaurant chain Wetherspoons is to invest more than £200m in pubs and hotels across the UK and Ireland over the next four years.

The chain will create around 10,000 jobs in the process. Most of the investments will go into developments in small and medium-sized towns as well as larger towns and cities.

The investment spree will see a new pub open in Waterford as well as new investments in Dublin, Galway, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham and Leeds.

“We are especially pleased that a large proportion of the investment will be in smaller towns and cities which have seen a decline in investment in recent years”

The plan also includes revamping existing bars across the UK and Ireland.

Job creation

“We are looking forward to opening many more new pubs as well as investing in existing pubs over the next four years,” said Wetherspoons chair Tim Martin who founded the chain in 1979.

“We are especially pleased that a large proportion of the investment will be in smaller towns and cities which have seen a decline in investment in recent years.

“The fact that we will be creating approximately 10,000 jobs is great news too.”

Wetherspoons operates 875 pubs and 58 hotels across the UK and Republic of Ireland and employs 44,000 staff.

Pictured above: The Forty Foot in Dun  Laoghaire, a Wetherspoons pub. Image: Noel Bennett/Shutterstock

Written by John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 10 December, 2019

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