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Wetherspoon targets more pub sites in the Republic


Tim Martin

Tim Martin

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Tim Martin

Pub chain JD Wetherspoon says it's seeking further development sites in Ireland to expand its discount business model.

The business is expected to open three more pubs and its second hotel in the Republic this summer and another pub next year in Galway.

It has four pubs in Northern Ireland and also owns the freehold of themed bar Revolucion de Cuba in Belfast's Arthur Street.

Founder and chairman Tim Martin, who was educated in Northern Ireland, said Wetherspoon is aiming to bring more competition soon to other Irish cities and towns.

"We are looking at further sites across the Republic of Ireland. Hopefully, our investment will act as a catalyst for other businesses to invest in the respective areas where we are opening."

Keavan's Port, the 89-bed hotel and pub under development on Dublin's Camden Street since 2017, is expected to open by July - a year later than originally hoped.

That €18.5m (£15.4m) complex is incorporating a former chapel of the Little Sisters of the Assumption as well as a circular window crafted by church decorators Early & Company.

Wetherspoon also is refitting the former HQ Restaurant & Gastrobar on Hanover Quay, purchased in November after Savills Ireland listed the property in excess of €5.5m (£4.6m).

The new pub there is to be named the South Strand. It will offer two storeys of dining and drinking space stretching over 854 square metres indoors as well as an outdoor seating area.

The first Wetherspoon in Waterford, the Arundel Gate, is expected to open in July along Broad Street and Arundel Square on sites previously filled by derelict shops and a closed bank branch.

Wetherspoon runs seven pubs in the Republic.

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