J D Wetherspoon PLC (LON: JDW) owns and operates pubs throughout the UK. The company aims to provide customers with good-quality food and drinks, served by well-trained and friendly staff, at reasonable prices. The pubs are individually designed, and the company aims to maintain them in excellent condition. The first pub was purchased in 1979 and was called Martin’s Free House but was renamed Wetherspoons early in 1980. It is a constituent of the FTSE 250 index.