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.
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.