PUB chain Wetherspoons is to open 18 new pubs as part of a £145million investment plan.
The project will create an estimated 2,000 jobs across its chain of boozers.
As well as opening new pubs, Wetherspoons will also use the funds to upgrade its existing 871 establishments.
This includes "significant extensions" to 57 of its boozers.
The company says it plans on starting the development project within weeks of its pubs reopening fully.
Under plans to ease lockdown in England, pubs and restaurants should be able to reopen for outdoor dining from April 12 at the earliest, with indoor dining expected to be allowed from May 17.
Wetherspoons new pub openings – full list
WETHERSPOONS will open pubs in the following locations across the UK and Ireland, and is subject to change:
- Kings Norton (Birmingham)
- Newport Pagnell
- Shawlands (Glasgow)
- Bishopston (Bristol)
- Crystal Palace
Once the this initial investment is completed, Wetherspoons plans on splashing £750million on opening 15 new pubs and enlarging 50 existing pubs each year for ten years.
This ten-year pub project will result in 20,000 new jobs.
Wetherspoons founder and chairman Tim Martin said: “Our immediate investment will provide work for architects, contractors and builders as well as result in 2,000 new jobs for staff in our pubs.
“We are geared up to start on the first projects within a few months.
“However, the investment is conditional on the UK opening back up again on a long-term basis, with no further lockdowns or the constant changing of rules.”
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