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JD Wetherspoon to open at NEC

18 August 2005
JD Wetherspoon to open at NEC

JD Wetherspoon is to open the first pub at the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham.

The 650-strong chain will spend about £900,000 redeveloping the 6,000sq ft site of a former self-service restaurant.

The Wetherspoon's pub, which will be non-smoking throughout, will open on 24 October and create 60 full and part-time jobs.

Chief executive John Hutson said: "This will be the first Wetherspoon pub to open within an exhibition centre and I am confident that it will be welcomed by exhibitors and visitors alike."

NEC group catering manager Sally Davis said: "Research and feedback from our visitors show that the pub will strongly meet the needs of our customers."

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