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August 31, 2015 5:24 PM ET

Hotels, Restaurants and Leisure

Company Overview of J D Wetherspoon plc

Company Overview

J D Wetherspoon plc owns and operates pubs in the United Kingdom. As of December 29, 2014, it operated approximately 927 pubs, which offer food and drinks. The company also operates hotels and bars. J D Wetherspoon plc was founded in 1979 and is headquartered in Watford, the United Kingdom.

Wetherspoon House

Central Park

Reeds Crescent

Watford,  WD24 4QL

United Kingdom

Founded in 1979

34,417 Employees


44 19 2347 7777


44 19 2321 9810

Key Executives for J D Wetherspoon plc

Chief Executive Officer, Member of Management Board and Director
Age: 50
Total Annual Compensation: $497.0K
Personnel & Legal Director, Member of Management Board and Executive Director
Age: 48
Total Annual Compensation: $276.0K
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2014.

J D Wetherspoon plc Key Developments

J D Wetherspoon plc Reports Sales Results for the 11 Weeks and Year to Date Ended July 12, 2015; Provides Earnings Guidance for the Year 2015

J D Wetherspoon plc reported sales results for the 11 weeks and year to date ended July 12, 2015. For the 11 weeks to 12 July 2015 like-for-like sales increased by 2.9% and total sales increased by 6.5%. The operating margin in the 11 weeks to 12 July 2015 was 7.0%, compared with 8.3% in the same 11 weeks last year. In the year to date 12 July 2015 like-for-like sales increased by 3.4% and total sales increased by 7.6%. The company’s full-year operating margin is expected to be around 7.4% and, as previously indicated, full-year profit before tax is unlikely to be higher than last year.

JD Wetherspoon to Open New Pub in Blanchardstown

JD Wetherspoon announced it is to open its new pub in Blanchardstown on June 30, 2015 with the creation of 120 new jobs. The new pub will be called the Great Wood and will specialize in real ales, as well as craft and world beers, serving a wide range of different draught ales, as well as bottled beers, including those from local and regional brewers. The new-look pub, which is on two floors, will feature two bars, as well as two meeting rooms.

JD Wetherspoon to Open Three New Pubs in Ireland

JD Wetherspoon is to open three new pubs in the Republic of Ireland in the coming months. The company is to invest more than EUR 6 million on developing the new pubs and will create approximately 150 jobs. The new pubs will be the Great Wood in Blanchardstown (June 23, 2015) and The Old Borough in Swords (July 21, 2015), as well as The Linen Weaver in Cork (September 1, 2015).

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