The group currently operate about 800 pubs across the UK and Ireland.
JD Wetherspoons have announced that they'll be putting 32 of their pubs up for sale, all of which are located in England. The properties are a mix of 10 freehold and 22 leasehold units and are being considered for sale either individually, in small packages or as a portfolio.
Back in July, Wetherspoons warned that they could plunge to a loss of around £30m after raising staff wages and investing in repairs, The Caterer reported.
At the time, Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said:
On occasion Wetherspoon does put some of its pubs up for sale.
This is a commercial decision. We understand that customers and staff will be disappointed with it. The pubs will continue to operate as Wetherspoon outlets until they are sold.
The properties up for sale are:
Barnsley – Silkstone Inn
Beaconsfield – Hope & Champion
Bexleyheath – Wrong ‘Un
Bournemouth – Christopher Creeke
Cheltenham – Bank House
Durham – Water House
Halifax – Percy Shaw
Hanham – Jolly Sailor
Harrow – Moon on the Hill
Hove – Cliftonville Inn
London Battersea – Asparagus
London East Ham – Miller's Well
London Eltham – Bankers Draft
London Forest Gate – Hudson Bay
London Forest Hill – Capitol
London Hornsey – Toll Gate
London Holborn – Penderel's Oak
London Islington – Angel
London Palmers Green – Alfred Herring
Loughborough – Moon & Bell
Loughton – Last Post
Mansfield – Widow Frost
Middlesborough – Resolution
Purley – Foxley Hatch
Redditch – Rising Sun
Sevenoaks - Sennockian
Southampton – Admiral Sir Lucius Curtis
Stafford – Butler's Bell
Watford – Colombia Press
West Bromwich – Billiard Hall
Willenhall – Malthouse
Wirral – John Masefield
While no Irish pubs are included in this batch, the group did put one of their Dublin-based establishments up for sale last year - the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock, which was purchased for a price in excess of €2.5 million by a pub group run by former Leinster Rugby players Seán O’Brien, Jamie Heaslip, and Rob and Dave Kearney.
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It's understood that the group made the decision to sell the pub due to its close proximity to the Forty Foot (another Wetherspoons pub in Dun Laoghaire).
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