Belfast Telegraph

JD Wetherspoon sales down during the World Cup: Pub chain planning 10th opening in Northern Ireland

By Margaret Canning and PA

Pub operator JD Wetherspoon, which is planning its 10th opening in Northern Ireland, has said that sales have been slightly weaker during the World Cup.

However, the company said for the 10 weeks for July 6, like-for-like sales increased by 4.9%, and total sales increased by 10.3%.

In the year to date, like-for-like sales were up 5.4% and total sales increased by 9.8%.

The group said its sales over the World Cup were "slightly weaker", although it does not brand itself as a sports pub.

The company operates nine pubs around Northern Ireland and is planning to open its 10th pub on Belfast's Royal Avenue in a former JJB sports shop.

Opening a pub in that location would give it acess to the large population of students who will make their home in the area when the new University of Ulster campus opens in 2018.

However, a spokesman for agents Frazer Kidd yesterday said he could not comment on the identity of the purchaser.

The business opened its first pub outside the UK yesterday, in Blackrock, Co Dublin.

Belfast Telegraph