UK pub chain JD Wetherspoon will have its first Irish pub outside Dublin open by the start of September, in Cork city centre.
The hugely popular chain of pubs will open The Linen Weaver on the premises of the old Newport Café on Paul Street on September 1 — its first outside Dublin and fifth in the Republic.
Its opening will follow that of the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock and the Forty Foot in Dun Laoghaire which are already open.
A further two premises are to be opened in the coming months with The Great Wood in Blanchardstown due to begin trading on June 23, soon to be followed by The Old Borough in Swords on July 21.
“Our first two pubs have proven extremely popular and we are looking forward to opening our next three pubs,” JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin said.
“We have acquired a number of other sites in the Republic of Ireland and look forward, in due course, to developing and opening them as Wetherspoon pubs,” he said.
The combined investment in the three openings pencilled in for the coming months is believed to be in the region of €6m and will create 150 jobs. Among the other sites the Hertfordshire-headquartered chain have acquired is the former Permanent TSB premises in Douglas, Co Cork.
Contracts have been exchanged on the property on the main street in Douglas which is subject to planning and licensing approval.
A spokesperson said that planning has gone in on for the premises but the company is awaiting a decision and will not apply for licensing prior to that.
It has also bought two adjoining sites in Waterford: the former Evans clothing store and former PTSB premises on Broad Street and Arundel Square in the city centre which it is expected to develop.
Overall, the pub chain hopes to open 30 bars in the country over the next five years in addition to the 900 or so it owns in the UK.
The chain became embroiled in a row with Heineken late last year over the cost at which it sold pints in its Irish pubs which saw Heineken’s products including Murphy’s pulled from pubs. The dispute was eventually resolved when Wetherspoon agreed to again stock Heineken products in its pubs, except in Ireland.
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