UK-based pub chain JD wetherspoon has acquired Galway’s Carbon Nightclub in a €2.5m investment that will see the popular student club turned into a pub.

Upon completion of the transaction, expected to happen by the end of August, JD Wetherspoon will then apply to amend the building’s planning permission to allow fo a change of business type. It is understood the plans include 4,000 sq ft of customer space, along with a 1,900 sq ft first floor beer garden.

Carbon opened its doors in February 2011 on Galway’s Eglington St and is currently owned by Sugarleisure Ltd. The business has been up for sale by agents Morrissey’s since November 2018.

JD Wetherspoon general manager for Ireland, Alistair Broome, commented: “We have enjoyed great success with our existing pubs in the Republic of Ireland and look forward to opening in Galway.”

The purchase is the latest in a line of high profile acquisitions by JD Wetherspoon in the Irish market. The company currently owns seven pubs and one hotel in Ireland, and most recently opened The Tullow Gate in Carlow Town following a €3m investment.

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