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Wetherspoons to open 18 new pubs and create 2,000 jobs

Written by: Emma Lunn
The pub chain plans to invest £145m developing new pubs and upgrading existing pubs within weeks of its pubs reopening fully.

It has a pipeline of 75 projects, comprising of 18 new pubs and 57 significant extensions and upgrades to existing pubs.

The first tranche of new pubs and extensions will be located in towns and cities including Leeds, Birmingham, Newport Pagnell, Heswall, Sheffield, Felixstowe, Dublin, Haverfordwest, Carmarthen and Glasgow.

Once the initial 75 projects in the pipeline are completed, Wetherspoon says it plans to invest £750m to open 15 new pubs and enlarge 50 existing pubs each year for 10 years.

This ten-year pub project will result in 20,000 new jobs.

Tim Martin, Wetherspoon founder and chairman, said: “Our immediate investment will provide work for architects, contractors and builders as well as result in 2,000 new jobs for staff in our pubs.

“We are geared up to start on the first projects within a few months. We are also committed to our long-term investment and job creation programme over the next decade. However, the investment is conditional on the UK opening back up again on a long-term basis, with no further lockdowns or the constant changing of rules.”

Under the current roadmap out of lockdown, restaurants, pubs, and cafes can reopen for outdoor dining in England from 12 April. Inside service is planned to resume on 17 May.

Wetherspoons has confirmed it will open beer gardens, roof top gardens and patios at 394 of its pubs in England from 12 April.

The pubs will generally be open from 9am to 9pm from Sunday to Thursday, and 9am to 10pm on Friday and Saturday. They will offer a slightly reduced menu, with food available from 9am to 8pm seven days a week. There will not be a booking system, but customers will need to register with Track and Trace.

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