Jamie grilled by ‘Spoons boss over rent

16th July, 2014 by Neal Baker

JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin has hit out against celebrity chef Jamie Oliver and his chain of Italian restaurants for driving up commercial rent prices and in turn forcing out pubs.

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Chef and businessman Jamie Oliver

Tim Martin told The Publican’s Morning Advertiser, “My advice for Oliver is: Be careful, son. You’re an excellent cook, but do you know about rent reviews or understand the property market?”

Last week JD Wetherspoon announced that it had closed five pubs in the 10 weeks up to 6 July.

“We’re wary of open-market rent reviews and normally never agree to them. In fact, we don’t agree to them now; we normally have fixed uplifts in our rental agreements so we at least know where we are.

“You have to be very careful, particularly in central London,” he said.

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JD Wetherspoon chairman Tim Martin

In the scathing attack on the restauranteur and TV personality, Martin said: “The only one you have to be careful of around the country is Jamie Oliver, because in general he seems to agree to higher rents in several locations that are pushing up the rents for other people.”

The restaurant chain – Jamie’s Italian – currently comprises of over 40 restaurants across the UK along with some overseas establishments,

No press contact for Jamie’s Italian was able to be found for comment.

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