Giant Wetherspoons to open on Lower Abbey Street
UK pub chain J.D Wetherspoons have purchased a former Baptist Church on Lower Abbey Street for a whopping €1.47 million, €1 million more than the €400,000 asking price.
The UK chain owns the former TSB bank next door which they purchased for €1.5 million earlier this year.
Reports indicate that the two sites will be transformed into a giant gastropub for the city centre.
The chain which already runs five pubs across Ireland plans to open another 30 over the next five years.
Wetherspoons have opened several pubs around the country so far this year.
During the summer they launched The Great Wood in Blanchardstown, The Old Borough in Swords and The Linen Weaver in Cork.
They already have the Three Tun Tavern in Blackrock and the Forty Foot in Dun Laoghaire and work is already being done on a massive pub and hotel on Camden Street.
Speaking to the Irish Times earlier this year, founder and chairman Tim Martin confirmed that the company's first outlets in Ireland have done well and they plan to continue to expand.
“We have also acquired a number of other sites in the Republic of Ireland and look forward, in due course, to developing and opening them as Wetherspoon pubs. We are also continuing to look for good sites across the Republic of Ireland,” Tim Martin said.