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JD Wetherspoon - statistics & facts

JD Wetherspoon is a pub, restaurant, and hotel chain with establishments located across the United Kingdom and Ireland. The company was first founded in London in 1979 by Tim Martin, followed by a second location in 1981. The number of establishments operated by JD Wetherspoon grew during the following decade, and by the 1990’s JD Wetherspoon owned over 40 establishments and began to also open hotels. The chain has been known to renovate unusual locations for its establishments including former churches, cinemas, and ballrooms. As of 2020, the number of pubs operated by JD Wetherspoon in the UK and Ireland, reached 872, following a trend of a slight reduction in units each year for the last five years.

JD Wetherspoon’s place in the UK pub industry

The pub industry in the UK has been on the decline in recent years, further exacerbated by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020. The number of pubs in the UK had already fallen to 47,200 in 2019, the lowest number in the last two decades. When looking at the distribution of JD Wetherspoon’s pub sales in the UK and Ireland bar sales showed a decrease of 16 percent over the past two decades. However, the share of food sales steadily increased during this time to nearly 40 percent, showcasing the value of pubs offering other services in addition to alcohol.

JD Wetherspoon’s expansion into the hotel industry serves as another example of this. The company began to purchase more property for its establishments from the 1990s onwards. As a result, the number of hotels operated by JD Wetherspoon showed consistent year-over-year growth in the last decade, except for 2020, which was most likely due to the health crisis. Despite the interruption of the pandemic, the company operated nearly 60 hotels in the UK and Ireland in 2020, over 30 more than were in operation at the beginning of the decade.

Is JD Wetherspoon the most successful pub company in the UK?

JD Wetherspoon remains one of the UK’s largest and fastest growing pub companies. Prior to the pandemic, the company experienced consistent year-over-year growth in annual sales in the UK and Ireland. However, from 2019 to 2020, annual sales fell by over 500 million British pounds due to lockdown measures and restrictions to indoor dining. That being said, in 2020, JD Wetherspoon still maintained average weekly sales per pub in the UK and Ireland of 46.5 thousand British pounds. This figure saw a decline of less than two thousand British pounds over 2019 but was still higher than any other year in the last decade.

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JD Wetherspoon - statistics & facts

JD Wetherspoon is a pub, restaurant, and hotel chain with establishments located across the United Kingdom and Ireland. The company was first founded in London in 1979 by Tim Martin, followed by a second location in 1981. The number of establishments operated by JD Wetherspoon grew during the following decade, and by the 1990’s JD Wetherspoon owned over 40 establishments and began to also open hotels. The chain has been known to renovate unusual locations for its establishments including former churches, cinemas, and ballrooms. As of 2020, the number of pubs operated by JD Wetherspoon in the UK and Ireland, reached 872, following a trend of a slight reduction in units each year for the last five years.

JD Wetherspoon’s place in the UK pub industry

The pub industry in the UK has been on the decline in recent years, further exacerbated by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic in 2020. The number of pubs in the UK had already fallen to 47,200 in 2019, the lowest number in the last two decades. When looking at the distribution of JD Wetherspoon’s pub sales in the UK and Ireland bar sales showed a decrease of 16 percent over the past two decades. However, the share of food sales steadily increased during this time to nearly 40 percent, showcasing the value of pubs offering other services in addition to alcohol.

JD Wetherspoon’s expansion into the hotel industry serves as another example of this. The company began to purchase more property for its establishments from the 1990s onwards. As a result, the number of hotels operated by JD Wetherspoon showed consistent year-over-year growth in the last decade, except for 2020, which was most likely due to the health crisis. Despite the interruption of the pandemic, the company operated nearly 60 hotels in the UK and Ireland in 2020, over 30 more than were in operation at the beginning of the decade.

Is JD Wetherspoon the most successful pub company in the UK?

JD Wetherspoon remains one of the UK’s largest and fastest growing pub companies. Prior to the pandemic, the company experienced consistent year-over-year growth in annual sales in the UK and Ireland. However, from 2019 to 2020, annual sales fell by over 500 million British pounds due to lockdown measures and restrictions to indoor dining. That being said, in 2020, JD Wetherspoon still maintained average weekly sales per pub in the UK and Ireland of 46.5 thousand British pounds. This figure saw a decline of less than two thousand British pounds over 2019 but was still higher than any other year in the last decade.

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