No Change To Irish Plans Despite Sales Dip: Wetherspoon
Published on Jan 23 2015 4:35 PM in Pub/Bar/Nightclub
JD Wetherspoon has no plans to alter their expansion plans in Ireland, despite disappointing sales over the Christmas period.
Speaking to Hospitality Ireland press officer Eddie Gershon said the company is "not remotely" considering a scale-back of the plan to open 30 new pubs in the next five years.
Reuters previously reported the figures released by the group that showed a significant shortfall in drink sales; a 2.8 per cent rise, down from 6.3 per cent in the previous quarter.
However, Gershon insists Wetherspoon are happy with the pubs' performance in Dublin so far and the news is only a minor dip across the whole network. "Drink sales are down slightly and food sales are up slightly but that's across over 900 pubs. The Dublin pubs have been packed out," he added.
The move to Ireland has not been without difficulty for the chain, including the widely-reported snub of Diageo products and a standoff with Heineken about their Dún Laoghaire site, as reported in December.