German Doner Kebab, which is set to open 12 restaurants by the end of 2020 in the UK, has appointed Rich Collie as head of Project Management. Collie, who has worked for Nando’s over the past eight years as a project manager, will oversee the build-out of GDK’s expansion plans, which includes opening 40 restaurants during 2021 and 350 over the next seven years, according to a company press release.
“Our game-changing kebabs are revolutionizing the kebab and we are excited to be bringing Rich into the German Doner Kebab family as we maintain our mission of building the fast-casual brand of the future,” CEO Imran Sayeed said in the release. “We are currently building further momentum in our plans for growth and have developed a strong growth pipeline with some of the UK’s most established franchise entrepreneurs.
Collie, who will be responsible for the delivery of new restaurant fit-outs, liaising with contractors and consultants to meet brand standards and launch schedules, will also manage the building and maintaining of close relationships with German Doner Kebab’s multi-unit franchise partners as they build their respective restaurant portfolios.
“It’s very exciting to be joining German Doner Kebab as it enters a new period of relentless growth,” Collie said. ‘”The brand has truly disrupted the fast-casual space in the U.K. and there is huge consumer demand throughout the country. GDK’s growth ambitions are second to none and I look forward to contributing to the success of the business as it matures and brings the German Doner Kebab experience to even more people across the U.K.”
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Based in Glasgow, Scotland, GDK has 70 restaurants in U.K., Europe and the Middle East, and is expanding in the U.S., Canada, Saudi Arabia and Ireland. Further international growth in 2020 includes two sites in Canada, two in Sweden and one in Riyadh in Saudi Arabia. The brand’s first site in North America opened in Canada’s Ottawa at the start of September, with a further restaurant opening recently in Surrey, Vancouver.
Source: Fast Casual