One of the UK’s biggest pub chains, JD Wetherspoon, has today revealed plans to invest more than £200m in its estate over the next four years.
A raft of new pubs and hotels are planned, along with an improvement drive which will see many of its current premises across the UK and Ireland enlarged.
The company says this investment will be channeled across both major cities and small and medium-sized towns, and could result in as many as 10,000 new jobs being created.
New pubs will be added to the JD Wetherspoon portfolio in Bourne, Waterford, Hamilton, Ely, Diss, Felixstowe, Newport Pagnell and Prestatyn.
However, investment has also been pledged in cities including London, Dublin, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham, Leeds and Galway.
JD Wetherspoon Founder and Chairman Tim Martin said: “We are looking forward to opening many more new pubs – as well as investing in existing pubs – over the next four years.
“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.”
Wetherspoon currently operates 875 pubs and 58 hotels across the UK and Ireland and employs 44,000 staff.
That makes it the chain with the third most pubs in the UK, with an approximate market share of 9%.