Wetherspoon's to open more pubs in 2007

28 December 2006 by

UK pub operator JD Wetherspoon is to open 30 new pubs and create 1,200 jobs in 2007.

The company is to invest more than £35m developing the pubs across the UK, including new outlets in Sheffield, Bishop Auckland, St Austell, Hertford and Devizes.

Wetherspoon's also plans to invest another £25m on its existing pubs, with the creation of exterior smoking areas and the installation of super-chilled serving technology.

Wetherspoon's boss John Hutson said: "Our non-smoking pubs have proven very popular and this has given us the impetus to open more pubs in 2007.

"Although the non-smoking ban might effect sales in all pubs when it is introduced, we are confident that in the long-term it will result in more people visiting pubs and that it will be a positive move. As a result of this, we are increasing our pub opening programme in 2007."

At present Wetherspoon has 662 pubs and bars in the UK.

by James Garner

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