Pub chain JD Wetherspoon has announced that it will be opening eight new pubs across the UK this month (July 2013).
The pub giant will be spending around £12 million in the new sites, and these openings are part of the firm's wider aims to launch 30 new sites in 2013. It is hoped this whole scheme will create 1,200 new hospitality jobs, and bring the company's portfolio to 900 venues in the UK. The group's chairman Tim Martin, who launched JD Wetherspoon over 30 years ago when he was aged just 24, stated that the group had hoped to open more pubs and bars this year, but the tax conditions within the industry have not allowed them to do so.
According to The Sun, Mr Martin said: “There is no question that we would open more pubs and create more jobs in 2013 if the increasing tax burden on pubs was reduced. We are pleased to be creating so many jobs, especially during a recession.”
The new pubs will be situated in Cardiff, Cramlington, Aldridge, Lowestoft, Leek, Bideford, Bolsover and Honiton. It is hoped that these eight sites will create around 400 part- and full-time hospitality jobs. These will range from bar staff to serve customers and chef spots that will produce the food that the pubs offer from breakfast to dinner. The main aim behind these eight spots is to enhance the presence of JD Wetherspoons in regions that have not been claimed by the pub giant.
Mr Martin added: “We are very pleased to be opening eight new pubs and creating so many jobs in one month. Our pubs continue to prove popular and it is especially rewarding to be opening outlets in a number of areas where we are not yet represented.”
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