Oggy Oggy pasty franchise expands with new Covid safe takeaway

January 13, 2021

The Oggy Oggy pasty empire continues to grow despite the Covid pandemic with a new outlet about to open in Plymouth – but as a takeaway only.

Lesley and Malkolm Park, who already operate two Oggy Oggy franchise stores in the city, have signed a six year lease on a former vegetable shop at Plymstock Broadway.

Work has now begun to convert the unit into a pasty takeaway as that is the only form of trading allowed during the current coronavirus lockdown.

Mrs Park, who already operates the Oggy Oggy outlets in the city centre’s Armada Way and in Plympton, said the new venture will be designed as a takeout only, unlike the other more cafe-based models.

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She said that although it could be converted in future, the likelihood is that takeaway only is the way businesses will have to operate for the foreseeable future.

“Takeaway is the only way forward,” Mrs Park said. “We could maybe offer some tables eventually, but not at the moment.

“So takeaway seems the way to go, and there is a large footfall in the area of Plymstock. We will also be able to carry out our frozen pasty deliveries, and maybe throw in milk, bread and eggs to help people in this difficult period.

“We open in three to four weeks,” she added. “We are starting the fit out with the floors and then the electrician comes in.”

Mrs Park’s Oggy Oggy outlets, part of a franchised chain of nearly 20 around the South West, have already “pivoted” to cope with Covid restrictions.

The new unit will join them in working with Deliveroo, Just Eats and Uber Eats, and supply phone orders and carry out deliveries of frozen pasties, sausage rolls and cakes to people at their homes.

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Mrs Park has even spread the supply of frozen goods nationally by using postal deliveries across mainland UK. Among a multitude of online offers are the pasty selection box, the vegan box, cake box, and even cream tea box.

“We have been smart and went online, doing the frozen pasty deliveries,” Mrs Park said. “We even ring people up, especially the elderly, and ask if we can get them anything.”

Mrs Park already employs 16 people and will add another five staff at the Plymstock Broadway venture.

“Just drop your CVs in through the letterbox,” Mrs Parks said to aspiring pasty workers.

By William Telford

Source: Business Live

PAUL UK rolls-out three franchise store models for its bakery

December 31, 2020

PAUL UK, the French artisan bakery chain with 38 outlets, has announced that it is now offering franchises as it aims to roll-out its bakery brand nationally.

The company sees its tried and tested operation, proven in multiple countries, with a BRC accredited bakery production site, providing franchisees with a national supply chain, economies of scale, and a flexible retail format suitable for variety of locations from service stations and transport hubs to town and city centres, as well as suburban villages.

PAUL’s franchise offering consists of a choice of three distinct store models – Café, Express and Kiosk.

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  • Café (1,500 sq. ft.+) – typically situated in busy footfall locations in towns or shopping centres, provide a warm relaxing place for friends and families to enjoy breakfast, lunch, coffee or just an afternoon snack.
  • Express (500-800 sq. ft.+) – positioned to fit in travel hubs and high footfall areas where a quick service is essential with coffee and Grab & Go items a core offering. The product range is also smaller, to focus on all day refuelling to enjoy whilst on the move. Its casual service style and self-service, a little eat-in space and yellow branding differentiates PAUL Express to highlight the importance of speed.
  • Kiosk (500 sq. ft.+) – ancillary to a main café outlet. ‘PODs’ are serviced by a main shop and can be used to promote sales growth in high footfall areas such as train stations and shopping centres. The kiosks can be designed to look like more permanent fixtures, pop-up venues or grab-and-go concepts utilising smaller retail space.

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The company says that its franchisees will be fully supported throughout the entire set-up process, from training courses and help with recruitment, through to marketing and PR.

Mark Hilton, chief executive of PAUL UK, comments: “As we enter the franchise market, we will be looking for like-minded, experienced investors and operators who are just as passionate about baking and quality as we are.

“Whilst we continue to grow the brand in London, we have also identified numerous national opportunities outside of the capital, which will be enabled predominantly, although not exclusively, by working with franchise partners. We are currently determining priority cities, but if approached by the right investors outside of these areas, we are open to having dialogue with them.”

PAUL has been baking bread and pastries for 130 years in France and has traded in London for the last 20 years and in Oxford for over six years. The company explains that its heritage remains strong, despite the brand expanding with new store openings, as it continues to evolve to meet the needs of consumers today for convenience, ease of access, product quality, variety and value.

Source: Franchise World

German Doner Kebab Opens Its 50th Store In The UK

December 24, 2020

German Doner Kebab has this week opened its 50th restaurant in the UK.

The fast-casual brand has reached the landmark following the launch of its new restaurant in Peterborough.

The brand has forged ahead with relentless growth during the Pandemic, opening 13 new restaurants and creating in the region of 500 jobs throughout the country.

Key new locations already opened in 2020 include Nottingham, Bradford and additional sites in London and Edinburgh.

German Doner Kebab is revolutionising the kebab in the UK, bringing a fresh, high-quality taste sensation that has made it the number one spot to enjoy a kebab.

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Freshly prepared in front of customers, the game-changing kebabs are made using premium, lean, succulent meats and fresh local vegetables, served in handmade toasted breads with unique signature sauces.

Now employing over 1500 people throughout the country, the brand will have opened 50 new restaurants in the UK during the past three years and boasts a development pipeline of 350 franchise units over the next seven years.

Imran Sayeed, CEO, has heralded the landmark opening at Peterborough as the brand continues to disrupt the fast-casual space and evolve to meet the needs of its customers.

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He said: “Reaching 50 restaurants in the UK is a huge moment in our story and represents a huge achievement for everyone in the German Doner Kebab family.

“Our game-changing kebabs are revolutionising the kebab and this has driven huge consumer demand as we bring the German Doner Kebab experience to even more consumers across the country.

“We have found ourselves in very challenging times however we have remained agile and responsive to a fast-changing landscape, reaching our customers in new ways and developing exciting new products.

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“We are now looking forward to building this momentum further into 2021 as we maintain our mission of building the fast-casual brand of the future.”

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, German Doner Kebab is growing at great pace with 73 restaurants in UK, Europe and Middle East, and now rapidly expanding in the USA, Canada, Saudi Arabia and Ireland.

German Doner Kebab is owned by the Hero Brands group.

Source: Franchising

Slim Chickens signs second franchise deal as it continues to push ahead with roll out

November 30, 2020

Boparan Restaurant Group (BRG) has signed a second franchise partner for its US-hatched, fast-casual chicken brand Slim Chickens.

The new deal between Boparan and franchisee KK Restaurants SW will see the group open five Slim Chicken restaurants across the south west of England, with the first due to launch in Exeter next month.

It will be the tenth Slim Chickens restaurant in the UK and comes hot on the heels of the chain’s largest opening to date​ at Manchester’s Trafford Centre earlier this month.

KK Restaurants SW has experience rolling out restaurant brands in the south west region, having previously signed deals with Pizza Hut Delivery and Costa Coffee.

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“Slim Chickens is a scalable brand with bags of potential, and we are delighted to be partnering with BRG to bring better chicken to customers in the south west,” says Simon Wright of KK Restaurants SW.

This is the second franchise agreement for Slim Chickens in the UK.

The first was signed with JRK Restaurants in February​ as part of plan to open five restaurants under the brand along the south coast in the next four years.

Slim Chickens was founded by Tom Gordon and Greg Smart in Arkansas in 2003 and now trades from more than 100 US restaurants.

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BRG signed a master franchise agreement with the brand for the UK and Ireland in 2018 and has since opened restaurants in London, Cardiff, Bristol and Birmingham.

“We are pleased to have secured a franchise partner as experienced as KK Restaurants SW,” says Judd Williams, BRG’s franchise director.

“This supports our ambitious growth plans to roll-out the Slim Chickens brand across the UK.”

By James McAllister

Source: Big Hospitality

Cake Box to open 20 new franchise stores by March

November 23, 2020

Cake Box Holdings PLC (LON:CBOX) said it expects to open around 20 new franchise stores during the current financial year ending in March despite COVID-19 uncertainty.

A new warehouse and distribution facility in Coventry is also forecast to open in the second half.

Its estate, which counted 139 stores in September, has remained open during the current lockdown except the majority of shopping centre kiosks.

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Sales increased 2% in the first two weeks of November, following a 13% jump in October.

Online sales kept growing following the launch of the baker’s delivery service, surging 56.5% in the six weeks since the end of September.

The cakes retailer hiked the interim dividend by 15% to 1.85p per share following a defensive first half despite the pandemic.

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In the six months to September 30, revenue dipped 2% to £8mln while pre-tax profit shed 4% to £1mln. At period-end, net cash was £3mln, which allowed repaying the funds taken under the government’s furlough scheme and issue a special dividend of 3.2p in October.

Shares rose 4% to 197.75p on Monday at the opening bell.

By Giulia Bottaro

Source: Proactive Investors

German Doner Kebab hires former Nando’s exec

November 12, 2020

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.

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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.

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“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

Wok&Grow! How an Asian noodle bar franchise continues to grow in a difficult economy

November 10, 2020

Lime Licensing Group fast-tracks Wok&Go’s expansion across the UK with 100 stores set to open over the next five years.

Despite the state of the economy, franchising is still holding up well, as is demonstrated by Asian noodle bar concept Wok&Go which is set to open 100 stores in the next five years thanks to its recent collaboration with award-winning Lime Licensing Group.

Lime Licensing Group regional director Richard Pakey says that, although this is not the ideal time for anyone in the hospitality industry, he noticed that the owner of Wok&Go was uniquely poised for growth due to its ability to create a unique offering in the franchise market.

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Lime Licensing Group is proud to have supported the franchising industry for 27 consecutive years, and now has no fewer than four regional offices across the UK, along with a new office in Canada (launched during lockdown!)

Lime Licensing Group is committed to rolling out elite franchising blueprints and then assisting those brands to find new franchisees. It has also seen huge expansion in the marketplace in recent months and is well positioned for the future.

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“Working with Wok&Go has been a real pleasure so far,” explained Richard. “As consultants we look for the ‘best fit’ in a franchisee and the Wok&Go staff are such a great bunch that we just know that when we put the best people in front of them, they will be extremely keen to proceed. Our role simply becomes so much easier when you have relationships like this; the future is looking extremely positive for both of our companies.”

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Lime Licensing Group will also be announcing more official sign-ups of franchisees officially over the coming weeks, and is pleased to report that Wok&Go is the fastest-growing noodle bar concept in the UK.

Source: Journalism

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

Cake Box says flurry of new franchise stores to open

October 13, 2020

Bakery chain Cake Box is seeing soaring numbers of hopeful first-time business owners applying to open a shop.

The egg-free cake maker, which has 140 stores nationwide – including more than 50 in London –is set to open another 47 franchises in the coming months.

Cake Box’s chief executive and co-founder Sukh Chamdal said that over the past six months the company has received a “record number of applications” for franchises.

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Chamdal added: “We have seen such an upsurge in franchise applications because of the job situation… This has prompted people to take the redundancy money and go into business for themselves.”

He said due to difficulties on the high street there is a lot more property available. “Because we are a stable business… we find that the landlords are now coming to us.”

The business shut for the first six weeks of lockdown. Sales in the six months to September 30 decreased to £8.6 million from £8.8 million. But online sales surged during the period.

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The boss had never previously planned home delivieries, but he said “Covid proved consumer habits were changing”.

Chamdal, who launched the company in the East End in 2008, said that he is now “very optimistic” about the future despite the “uncertain” start to 2020.

Analysts at Shore Capital said the update was “highly encouraging”, and that plans for larger numbers of stores “bodes well for medium to long term growth”.

As previously announced in September, the company declared a special dividend of 3.2p per share, which will be paid on October 23.


Source: Evening Standard

Dessert shop that’s more popular than McDonald’s set to open first UK branch in Nottingham

September 22, 2020

Hui Lau Shan – A dessert chain which specialises in dishes made with mouth-watering mango is opening its first UK branch in Nottingham after an investment of almost £500,000.

There are more than 300 branches of Hui Lau Shan across the world and the doors will officially open on Britain’s first store in Market Street on Wednesday, September 23

The chain, which launched 60 years ago in Hong Kong, serves a range of desserts and drinks made from fresh fruit, with particular emphasis on mango and the company’s signature dish – the Mango Chewy Ball.

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The Nottingham branch, which has created eight new jobs and has seating inside for 20 diners, has been brought to the city by Wells Qi, the former owner of Bamboo Bar and Kitchen, in Beeston.

Wells, who owns the franchise for Hui Lau Shan, said: “In Hong Kong there are branches of Hui Lau Shan almost everywhere you go and although the food is completely different the brand is even more popular than McDonald’s and Starbucks.

“It is popular for a casual, affordable and take-out friendly dessert shop and every store is so busy in Hong Kong that it’s nearly impossible to secure a seat inside.

“There is nothing else like this in Nottingham – our desserts are healthy and made from the freshest of fruits, but they are still a sweet treat and during these strange times we all need a little indulgence.”

Although the brand is a household name in Hong Kong, China and Malaysia, there are also branches in Australia, America and Paris.

The business is opening in the former unit occupied by Ugly Bread Bakery and more recently Giardino, an indoor garden restaurant.

A transformation of the premises began at the start of the year but work was delayed during lockdown.

The renovation includes a brand-new shop front, and is decorated in the company’s distinctive bright yellow, with a unique rippled wooden ceiling and velvet chairs, marble tables and gold finishes.

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Hui Lau Shan’s signature mango dessert, the Mango Chewy Ball, is likely to be the most popular dish despite the large menu of fruit-filled desserts such as the bright green durian pancake, as well as taro and coconut-based snacks.

The Mango Chewy Ball starts with fresh mango fruit juice, topped with a scoop of mango ice cream freshly-made every morning on the premises. The kitchen then finishes the dish with chewy tapioca balls.

“We will be using the freshest and best quality mangoes we can source and everything will be freshly made in our kitchen,” said Wells.

“We are expecting the store to be really popular with students and families and this will be the first of several branches we open across the UK.

“We hope that the name Hui Lau Shan will become as a big a name in Nottingham, and the rest of the country, as it is in the Far East.”

By Lynette Pinchess

Source: Nottingham Post