British pub group JD Wetherspoon is to spend €15m on developing its controversial site on Dublin’s Camden Street.
This new site will be house to a new pub and a 98 bedroom hotel when will be completed, early in 2019. The project faced numberous objections before being granted approval earlier this year. This site will create 200 new jobs in the area.
“It will be the biggest single investment undertaken by Wetherspoon and will result in our largest hotel alongside a superb pub. Our pubs in the Republic of Ireland are thriving and we are confident that the pub and hotel will be a great asset to Dublin and act as a catalyst for other businesses to invest in the city,” said Wetherspoon founder and chairman Tim Martin.
Wetherspoon operates five pubs in Ireland — four in suburban Dublin and one in Cork — and has long-term plans to operate up to 50 premises here.
It has undeveloped sites in Waterford and Carlow but is targeting much of its medium-term growth on Dublin, where it is on the lookout for more suitable sites.
It has also recently received planning permission for a new pub on Abbey Street, which is likely to also open in early 2019.