Newry set for Wetherspoon’s pub

October 13, 2014

Founder of the JD Wetherspoon pub chain, Tim Martin, has announced that Newry could soon be home to a new Wetherspoon’s pub as part of a major expansion plan for the company in Northern Ireland, following an upturn in trade here in recent years.

The award winning chain, famed for its low-cost drinks and food, now has nine pubs across the province and has just snapped up a former Methodist Church in Belfast as its latest acquisition.  Last week, Mr Martin, originally from Holywood, County Down, revealed the company intends to advance plans to expand into a number of other major towns including Newry, Omagh and Armagh.

“We are doing very, very well at the Bridge House and that gives us confidence to have a look at a few more areas,” he said.

“In all of Northern Ireland we have had a good improvement in trade in the last two or three years.

“I think it’s because we have a lot of people who have been working for us now for a long time, and they are very good.

“So I think they have made the trade. The company has become better known and the people working in the pubs have helped us.”

“We are looking at a few locations but none has come to fruition,” he told the newspaper.

“We are hoping that a few more might develop in Belfast and elsewhere in Northern Ireland. It will be in the biggest towns – we are interested in Omagh, Armagh, Newry and towns of that ilk.”

Wetherspoons chief executive John Hutson, speaking last year when the 900th pub was opened, said the company continued to go from strength to strength and vowed to “continue to open new pubs and create jobs for many more years to come.”