CONTINUING its expansion, JD Wethersoon has secured its third site in the Republic of Ireland.
The company confirmed that it has purchased disused pub The Forty Foot in Marine Road near the popular summer swimming and diving spot in Dublin’s Dun Laoghaire.
The Forty Foot has remained empty for more than a year. Wetherspoon’s regional manager for Ireland, Alistair Broome said they were “delighted” with the new venue and “looking forward to redeveloping the site and creating new jobs in the area.”
Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon told The Irish Post that as yet there is no on site or opening date for The Forty Foot saying that Wetherspoon opens around 40 pubs a year across the UK and “it will fall into its openings schedule in due course.”
He added that following on from the success of the first day at the new Blackrock pub, The Three Tun Tavern, it would be keen to open other pubs in the Republic of Ireland “sooner rather than later”.
The Three Tun Tavern which opened on July 8 has already made headlines because of a notable absence of Guinness. Gershon confirmed that the reason behind the move was due to pricing.
“[They] could not agree a price with Guinness which would allow Wetherspoon to serve Guinness at the price it wished to sell it to its customers – as a result they walked away from it and instead serve Murphy’s and Beamish.”
He added the chain were “more than happy serving those two stouts” and were “not looking to introduce Guinness.”
The company’s other Irish site is in the former restaurant/nightclub The Newport Cafe in Paul Street in Cork.