Wetherspoon Planning To Open Pub On Dublin's Aston Quay
British pub group JD Wetherspoon has purchased an office building on Dublin's Aston Quay for €9 million and is planning to spend an additional €4 million on transforming it into a pub.
As reported by The Irish Examiner, Wetherspoon is planning to transform the building into a three storey pub with "a large roof terrace", however, the pub group has not yet acquired planning permission or licensing approval for the planned pub, which the group requires before proceeding with the planned pub's development.
Founder And Chairman Statement
The Irish Examiner quotes Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin as saying, "We have enjoyed great success in the Republic of Ireland and are continually on the lookout for new sites.
"We are delighted to have purchased the site in Aston Quay. The investment highlights our commitment to Dublin."
Dublin Investment Total
The purchase of the Aston Quay property reportedly brings the amount that Wetherspoon is currently investing in pub development sites in Dublin to more than €50 million.
Irish Expansion Plans
The news of Wetherspoon's Aston Quay property purchase follows last month's news that the group is hoping to open a new venue in Waterford on December 14, as well as news from earlier this year that Wetherspoon is planning to open new venues in Dublin, Galway, Limerick and Waterford as part of a ramped-up Irish expansion plan, and news that Wetherspoon will invest £145 million in developing new pubs and upgrading existing pubs, creating 2,000 new jobs in the process.
Wetherspoon currently operates seven pubs in Ireland and is reportedly aiming to have at least 30 in the coming years.
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