Wetherspoon to create 10,000 jobs by opening 250 new outlets

PUBS chain JD Wetherspoon is to create 10,000 jobs over the next five years with the opening of 250 new pubs. The business, which currently employs 21,000 people and has 743 pubs across the UK, is investing &pound;250m in the new outlets.<br /><br />Openings are planned in cities such as Sheffield, Newcastle and Liverpool, with the company hoping to make the most of depressed property prices and snap up premises at bargain rates.<br /><br />Wetherspoon has so far managed to buck the downturn in consumer spending, posting record sales in the year to the end of July. It has lured customers with cheap food and drink deals.<br /><br />Chairman and founder Tim Martin said the new pubs would be an &ldquo;asset to their respective towns and cities&rdquo;.