Wendy’s launches plan for 50 new branches across the UK next year
Restaurant chain Wendy’s has revealed plans to open 50 branches across the UK next year, following the launch of its first UK destinations this year.
Wendy’s opened its doors in the UK in the summer, arriving in Reading, followed by restaurant openings in Stratford, Oxford and Croydon, and Romford.
Wendy’s has also opened five delivery kitchens for a total of 10 restaurants expanding access to even more brand fans.
Today, the company has announced plans to build on its successful return by seeking new franchise partners across Britain and opening up to 50 restaurants in 2022.
Abigail Pringle, Wendy’s President, International and Chief Development Officer said, “We set a goal to enter the United Kingdom this year with five Company owned and operated restaurants, and we’ve delivered.
“We’ve also welcomed our first franchisee, REEF, that has opened five delivery kitchens to date. We have seen incredible success that outperformed our expectations, and it’s clear to us that customers are loving our fresh, high-quality food. Now, it’s time to hit the accelerator to bring more Wendy’s to more British customers across the country.”
The Company is actively engaging in discussions with franchise partners to rapidly grow and scale its brand presence in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
Of the new locations planned for 2022, Wendy’s will open in new areas outside of greater London, such as Brighton, followed by the Midlands as the business lays the foundation for growth over the next decade.
Paul Hilder, Wendy’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director for the UK and Canada said: “We have built a solid foundation and are confident in our expansion plans across the country over the next 18-24 months. We’re in the final stages of discussions with two traditional franchise partners who will help the brand cross the Midlands and the North of England, and we have a very strong pipeline of franchise candidates beyond that.”
Wendy’s was founded in 1969 by Dave Thomas in Columbus, Ohio. Dave built his business on the premise, “Quality is our Recipe”, which remains the guiding principle throughout the Wendy’s system.
Best known for its made-to-order square hamburgers, the Wendy’s system is comprised of approximately 6,900 restaurants worldwide with a united vision of becoming the world’s most thriving and beloved restaurant brand.
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