Premium Japanese restaurant chain Sushi Shop has set out plans to acquire a number of regional master franchisees across the UK.
Built largely on a digital, delivery and takeaway concept, Sushi Shop’s business model has proven resilient throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, growing by double digits in 2020.
The shift towards delivery benefited the brand’s offer and it is now looking to build on this success by expanding in key regional UK cities.
The chain, which specialises in premium sushi, sashimi and other Japanese specialities, is seeking ambitious hospitality operators interested in becoming a multi-site franchisee of the brand.
It has identified four regions where partners are required to open at least 10 sites in the coming years. These include London, the Midlands, North of England and Scotland.
Sushi Shop said its model offers an opportunity for rapid expansion in towns and cities throughout the UK, as with limited hot food options the stores can largely operate in A1 retail spaces.
It said franchisees could expect “high margins with controllable costs, giving exceptional returns”.
The company has appointed property advisor Christie & Co to recruit master franchisees around the UK.
Sushi Shop was founded in 1998 by Gregory Marciano and Herve Louis.
The brand has established an international network of company-operated and franchised stores across 12 countries, having been part of AmRest, the European multi-brand franchise restaurant group, since 2018.
By ANDREW SEYMOUR