JD Wetherspoon has announced it will open 18 new pubs in the UK this year.
The pub chain revealed a £145million investment this week, which will see 18 new pubs as well as significant upgrades and extensions to existing establishments. The move will also create 2,000 jobs.
And the work is set to begin mega soon, with plans beginning within weeks of pubs reopening fully.
At first, the new pubs and upgrades will be taking place in areas: Leeds, Birmingham, Newport Pagnell, Heswall, Sheffield, Felixstowe, Dublin, Haverfordwest, Carmarthen and Glasgow.
After the project is complete, the chain is also set to invest £750m to open 15 new pubs and extend 50 existing establishments every year for a decade, creating a whopping 20,000 jobs.
Looks like there's going to be plenty of Wetherspoons popping up!
"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," said Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin.
"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."
Earlier this month, we told you the full list of Wetherspoon pubs that would be re-opening in April, in line with the easing out of lockdown roadmap.
The guidelines state that outdoor eating and drinking can resume, in groups of six, from this date, and so subsequently all the venues with beer gardens, roof top gardens and patios will now be allowed to resume serving, in line with the guidelines.
In total, 394 of its pubs in England will open from from Monday April 12th, with pubs open from 9am to 9pm (Sunday to Thursday inclusive) and 9am to 10pm (Friday and Saturday).
You can read more on that here.
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