Chaiiwala to roll out in London

November 19, 2021

South Asian street food franchise Chaiiwala is gearing up to make its London debut as it targets 230 UK locations by the end of 2024.

Chaiiwala currently has 45 stores, with the latest opening this week in Fosse Shopping Park, Leicester.

A debut international store also opened in Vancouver, Canada, on Monday (15 November), where the master franchise partner plans to open more sites by the first quarter of next year.

The openings follow launches in Bethnal Green last week. Aylesbury follows next week, along with units in Wood Green, north London; Stoke-on-Trent; and Southampton.

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The group, which has six company-run stores in Leicester, is bringing the format to central London next month where it will open a company-run stores in Brompton Road, Knightsbridge on 13 December.

Another will follow towards the Marble Arch End of Edgware Road with plans to look for sites in Mayfair, Soho and Kensington.

Nil Naik, franchise director, told MCA​: “We will open in central London, give it six months of blood, sweat and tears so that we can give a playbook to franchisees as a test to see what it takes to operate them successfully.”

Naik, a former head of UK and international franchise sales at Coffee Republic, said Chaiiwala had 12 ‘growth partners’ that would open stores ‘from Glasgow down to Southampton’.

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Naik said stores in Dundee, Edinburgh and three more in Glasgow would open early in 2022.

He said he planned to focus on Europe and new markets overseas next year, including Germany, Belgium, Switzerland, France, Spain, Portugal and Denmark. Dubai would open ‘around March’.

Naik said: “We are introducing South Indian street food to the masses. The pull is chai and that is what we are known for. We do a karak coffee as well – which means strong, but sweet.”

By James McAllister

Source: Big Hospitality

Chaiiwala To Create 3,600 Restaurant Jobs Across The UK

October 28, 2020

Chaiiwala, the Leicester-based South Asian drinks and street food chain, has announced massive expansion plans which it says will create around 3,600 new restaurant jobs across the UK.

The franchise-modelled company will grow its restaurant-base sixfold from its current 32 outlets to 188 locations before the end of 2023, creating an average of 1,200 jobs per year.

Each new launch of a Chaiiwala branch will create an average of around 23 vacancies as the chain looks to increase its UK headcount by an impressive 550 per cent within just three years.

Chaiiwala bosses say that 40 new branches will open before the end of 2020 after a surge in demand for their products which has been fuelled by the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Roles on offer at Chaiiwala include waiters, waitresses, kitchen staff, chefs and managerial positions. There are also finance and human resources jobs available at the company’s head office in Leicester.

Nil Naik, the franchise director for Chaiiwala, said they couldn’t have achieved the growth rate that they are experiencing without the help of their franchisees, who, he said, ‘live and breath the brand.’

Commenting on the ambitious expansion plans, Mr Naik said: “As a South Asian street food provider with Western fusion, our food and drink offering resonates well with desi and ethnic demographic customers and our expansion plans centre around our aim to reach a wider audience.”

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“By opening bigger stores in new locations, we are confident that the brand will achieve a bigger reach and help more customers discover what we think is the best chaii in the UK.”

“Since the pandemic we have increased our delivery options across all third-party platforms such as Deliveroo, Just Eat and Uber Eats, and this has increased our takeaway sales by 10 per cent, with take out now accounting for more than 80 per cent of our sales,” added Mr Naik.

As well as opening new restaurants and creating thousands of full and part time jobs throughout the UK, Chaiiwala has also confirmed that it will move into the Canadian market next year and has its eyes set on further locations in Europe and South Africa.

Source: e4s

New Indian cafe brings ‘hint of the east’ to Huddersfield town centre

October 1, 2019

An Indian cafe serving chai teas, rotis, sundaes and street food has arrived in Huddersfield town centre .

Chaiiwala already has a restaurant in nearby Batley and now the franchise has opened an eatery on Greenhead Road, just outside Huddersfield ring road.

The menu is inspired by the company’s Delhi street food origins and refined for the Western palette, so expect to see fusion dishes like masala chips and chocolate chai mousse.

The food is perhaps well summed up by the popular All Day Desi Breakfast, which includes omelette, spicy beans or dalal, roti and karak chai tea.

Chaiiwala came to the UK in 2015 with its first restaurant in Leicester. Now there are around 30 up and down the country.

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Managing director, Hassan Ghyas, said: “Off the back of the success of the Bradford restaurant we have opened the Huddersfield one and the Batley restaurant is equally as nice.

“Inside it is very causal, very light hearted and cosy. If you have been in a Chaiiwala before you will know it is bright and modern, not a dark and dingy place.

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“The food is a hint of the East with all the flavours of India, fused for the Western palette.”

Chaiiwala Huddersfield opened on Thursday.

Opening hours are 8am to 11pm from Sunday to Thursday and 9am to 12am on Friday and Saturday.

Head to the Chaiiwala website for more information.

Franchise India ties up with UK’s popular Chaiiwala eatery to invest in India

October 25, 2018

Franchise India has tied up with one of the UK’s popular Indian street food and casual dining brands Chaiiwala, with plans to open between 150 and 200 of its outlets in India over the next five years.

The company, which brings international brands into India through franchise agreements, said this week it has clinched a master franchise agreement with Chaiiwala to establish the brand’s presence in India at an investment of estimated Rs 40 lakh per outlet.

“Alongside their range of signature specialist tea and coffee, Chaiiwala serves a number of products given their own traditional modern twist such as Masala Chips, Bombay Sandwich, Chilli Paneer, Butter Chicken Roti, Parathas and Indian breakfast,” Franchise India said in a statement.

Launched in 2015 as an eatery, Chaiiwala went on to set up 15 stores in Britain with plans to take their store count in the country to 45 by 2020.

“Our next phase of growth is to expand our brand across the world to help us deliver our strategic targets,” the UK-based company said.

Besides Chaiiwala, Franchise India has also acquired the master franchise rights for UK-based sandwich chain Wrap It Up and plans to open around 200 stores of the brand across India over the next five years.

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“The sandwich industry has experienced continual growth due to an increased demand for healthy meal options and fresh ingredients. The company aims to capture this demand in the grab-and-go sector,” the company said.

Franchise India, which describes itself as Asia’s largest franchising and retailing company, manages 400 brands and has 45 offices in India as well as six offices around the world.

“India now features among the top three markets for UK brands because English brands are very popular in the country and they see franchising as an attractive way of entering this very lucrative space,” Chairman of Franchise India Gaurav Marya said during a recent visit to the UK.

“As the UK market gets saturated, the brands would naturally look towards bigger markets like India,” he said.

Among some of the company’s other major UK tie-ups includes a partnership with part-time performing arts schools for children called Stage Coach.

Source: Money Control

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