Wetherspoons opening 18 new UK pubs including in Sheffield – full list of locations
Pub chain giant Wetherspoon will invest £145 million opening new pubs across the country, which may include one in Sheffield that looks set to replace popular Damon's restaurant that shut its doors in 2019.
Apart from new pubs, the multi-million investment will also go toward upgrading existing ones that are expected to create 2,000 new jobs.
In an announcement by the company, the ambitions plans will start within weeks of its pubs reopening fully as the lockdown eases.
A total of 18 new pubs will open and “significant extensions and upgrades” will be made to scores of current pubs.
The first new pubs and extensions will be in towns and cities including Leeds, Birmingham, Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire, Sheffield, Felixstowe in Suffolk, Heswall on the Wirral, Dublin, Haverfordwest in Pembrokeshire, Carmarthen and Glasgow.
Once all 75 projects in the pipeline are completed, Wetherspoon said it anticipates investing £750 million to open 15 new pubs and enlarging 50 existing pubs each year for 10 years, creating 20,000 new jobs.
Wetherspoon 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.
“We are also committed to our long-term investment and job creation programme over the next decade.
“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.”
The well-loved American diner closed in November 2019, and the distinctive round building on Sevenairs Road, Beighton, was purchased by pub chain giant, JD Wetherspoon.
It is expected that the pub will feature a garden area with external seating for customers if planning arrangements for the site are approved.
According to planning documents, the name of the pub will be The Scarsdale Hundred.
Wetherspoon’s pubs are often named after famous local people or landmarks of the town in which they are situated.
It appears that the name for the pub is derived from the late Saxon period as counties were historically divided into administrative divisions called hundreds that we now know as districts.