Coronavirus: Wetherspoons is now refusing to pay suppliers

In yet more confirmation that Wetherspoons is handling the coronavirus crisis really, really badly, the firm has refused to pay suppliers until its pubs reopen.

Yesterday, it was revealed that the pub chain wouldn’t be paying staff until it received compensation from the government.


And, now, it has been reported that Wetherspoons suppliers also won’t be getting paid.

In an email sent to suppliers and seen by the publication Footprint, the pub chain said: “We are asking for a moratorium on payments, until the pubs reopen, at which point we intend to clear outstanding payments, within a short timeframe.”

This means that small companies – who have already supplied Wetherspoons with stock – will be asked to cover the shortfall until pubs reopen, which might be weeks or even months.

Last week, ‘Spoons boss Tim Martin made a fool out of himself on national TV – first maintaining that pubs should stay open despite the outbreak of a deadly virus, and then inventing science about the spread of coronavirus in public houses.

We think a post-corona boycott is in order.


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