Wetherspoon expansion to create 2000 jobs
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Pub chain JD Wetherspoon plans to open 18 new pubs and create 2,000 new jobs in a £145m upgrade - but only if there are no more Covid restrictions.
The company said it would also "significantly extend" 57 existing pubs as part of the project.
It "will provide work for architects, contractors and builders as well as result in 2,000 new jobs for staff in our pubs," said boss Tim Martin.
But he warned the project would not go ahead if there are further lockdowns.
The company already has 871 pubs and new ones are planned in locations including Leeds, Birmingham, Newport Pagnell, Heswall, Sheffield, Felixstowe, Dublin, Haverfordwest, Carmarthen and Glasgow.
Once the upgrade has been completed, Wetherspoon said it planned to spend another £750m to open 15 new pubs and enlarge 50 existing pubs each year for 10 years.
The ambitious 10-year project would result in 20,000 new jobs, it said.
Wetherspoon said it was keen to start the development project within weeks of its pubs reopening fully.