Shoryu Ramen resumes plans to open franchises in the UK and internationally

October 25, 2021

Shoryu, the London-based ramen brand, has partnered with the Ford Consultants Group to develop franchises in the UK and abroad, successfully overcoming the challenges presented by Covid’s pandemic and strategically opening in London and across the country. It states that it is ready to start the program.

Shoryu originally Tried to start franchise in 2019..However, with the advent of Covid, the program was interrupted while focusing on its own restaurant, delivery kitchen, and online DIY ramen kit.

We operate 13 restaurants under the Shoryu Ramen brand in locations such as Carnaby, Covent Garden, Liverpool Street, Shoreditch and Soho. We also operate Westfield Shepherd’s Bush Japan Center, Yokocho Ramen, and Ichiban Japanese Food Hall.

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“Since 2012, we have been working hard to establish Hakata Tonkotsu Ramen in the UK. Now we are ready to work with Ford Consultants and work with our dedicated franchisee to reach a larger audience. “Masu,” says Taku Tokumine, the founder of Shoryu Ramen.

“The future opportunities for franchisees and Shoryu are exciting. I look forward to new customers enjoying my hometown ramen in the UK and abroad in the future.”

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The restaurant group says it is looking for a partner who is interested in running a single or multi-unit franchise business right away.

Dominique Ford, director of the Ford Consultants Group, said:

“As the industry emerges from a very difficult time, there is a real desire to bring proven brands and concepts out of the capital and into rural towns and cities where the demand for great culinary and dining experiences continues to grow. “

Source: London News Today

Domino’s to create 8,000 jobs in UK and Ireland

October 18, 2021

US pizza franchise giant Domino’s unveiled plans Thursday to create 8,000 new jobs in the United Kingdom and Ireland after a strong pandemic performance.

The group’s British-based division added in a statement that it had thrived despite the ongoing supply chain crunch, high inflation and a challenging labor market.

Domino’s noted, however, that supply chain issues and rising wages were starting to impact the business, adding that labor availability and food cost pressures were set to extend into next year.

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“While we see these pressures continuing into 2022, our success in managing them to date provides us with confidence that our growth momentum will be sustained,” said Chief Executive Dominic Paul.

“We’re proud to be creating new jobs to support that growth and today are announcing that we are recruiting 8,000 new colleagues across the U.K. and Ireland.”

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The division’s sales boomed by almost 10% in the 13 weeks to the end of September to 375.8 million pounds ($512 million), compared with the same period of last year.

“We have built on our strong performance through the pandemic as restrictions have been lifted, with our collections business continuing its recovery and our total order count growing in a profitable and sustainable way,” added Paul.

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Food delivery companies, including app-based Deliveroo and Uber Eats, enjoyed soaring sales during the pandemic as lockdowns triggered surging demand.

Source: Daily Sabah

Burger King UK prepares for whopper £600m London listing

October 14, 2021

Fast-food chain Burger King is preparing to float on the London Stock Exchange for around £600m, according to reports.

Burger King UK is understood to be in advanced discussions with potential advisers, including Investec and Numis bankers, as the company readies itself to list next year, according to The Times, which first reported the news.

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The restaurant chain, owned by private equity group Bridgepoint, reported sales of £117m in 2020, an increase of £16m from its 2019 sales in spite of the pandemic.

The news comes as a number of other leisure sector companies consider listing, including Mexican food chain Tortilla which made its debut on the junior Aim stock market with a £70m flotation last week.

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Burger King UK and Bridgepoint, whose other investments include Hobbycraft and Itsu, are expected to put together their listing plans in the coming week. The companies may also explore the possibility of a sale which, according to The Times, could be worth £500m to £600m.

Burger King became part of Restaurant Brands International (RBI) group, listed in New York, in 2014. Three years later Bridgepoint bought the master franchise for the UK along with Caspian UK Group – one of the biggest Burger King franchises with 74 restaurants.

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The majority of UK’s 530 sites are owned by franchisees but under Bridgepoint the restaurant has been buying back some of these.

The restaurant chain have been contacted for comment.

By Farah Ghouri

Source: City AM

Cake Box sales jump as retailer opens 20 new stores

October 5, 2021

Cake Box has revealed that its sales have almost doubled for the past six months amid a strong recovery in customer demand.

The high street cream cake retailer said it was buoyed by its continued expansion, opening 20 new franchise sites over the six months to September, to bring it to a total of 174 stores.

The firm also stressed that it is in a “robust” position despite industry concerns over supply chain pressures in the food sector.

Sukh Chamdal, chief executive officer and co-founder of the chain, said it has “several months of ingredients and the right measures in place to ensure that no event goes uncelebrated and no slice of cake goes unbaked, undelivered or uneaten”.

It came as the retail business said trade has been “strong” across both its store estate and online operation.

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Cake Box said total revenues for the half-year were up 91% to £16.4 million against the same period last year.

It added that franchisee online sales increased by 68% to £6.7 million, as it saw higher sales through delivery platforms such as Uber Eats Just Eat and Deliveroo.

The firm added that it has a strong pipeline of new potential franchisees, with 62 deposits held for potential new openings at the end of the period.

The appeal of the Group’s franchise proposition is reflected in the current pipeline of new potential franchisees, with 62 holding deposits held at period end.

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Mr Chamdal said: “Our performance during the last six months demonstrates the ongoing appeal of our unique cake offering.

“With strong sales growth accompanied by record expansion of our store estate, the Board is confident of making further progress in the second half and meeting full year expectations.

“In short, more customers are enjoying our delicious egg-free cakes, and more of our fantastic franchisees are selling it to them.”

Shares in the company rose by 5.3% to 354p in early trading.

By Henry Saker-Clark

Source: Independent

Extrawurst franchise is introducing its ‘simply better’ German bratwurst brand to the UK

October 4, 2021

Extrawurst, a leading authentic German bratwurst fast-food to go brand, is launching its franchise concept into the UK. The company has over 30 sites in Germany with more than 10 openings in the pipeline and many in other markets around the world. The business sells over 2.5 million sausages a year and have expanded its concept to a global audience with sites in Asia, South America and Europe.

Extrawurst, founded in 1981 by Lothar Hagebaum and now run by his son Kim, says it prides itself on the quality of its iconic Original German Bratwurst sausages which are supple, meaty, perfectly seasoned and seductively fragrant. The signature menu items are made to an authentic secret recipe under the careful scrutiny and sign off by Extrawursts German master butchery team which creates an unrivalled eating experience.

The UK business has appointed Sam Shutt, a former Debenhams head of retail hospitality operations, as chief executive officer of Extrawurst UK to lead the strategy of opening multiple sites across the UK in the next three years with a master franchise model. The brand will launch with three shop format units in the Birmingham City Centre, Nottingham City Centre, and West Midlands Regional Shopping centre in Q4 2021 which will be operated by the Extrawurst team.

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Shutt said: “The UK fast-food to go brand market is expected to recover from the pandemic at a faster rate than the total eating out market so there’s an opportunity for an innovative new offer on the high-street which delivers an exciting range of good value quality food.

“As a nation we love sausages, they are the perfect food to eat on the go all through the day, whether as a breakfast snack or a lunchtime meal with a coffee. We are confident our menu will appeal to consumers and entice them to become Bratwurst enthusiasts.

We will be rolling out our franchise model into 2022 which will be a compelling and an affordable option for many with the potential to drive a great return.”

Franchise formats
There will be three Extrawurst franchise formats which will be located in shopping centres, high streets, street food markets, festivals and events.

  • Macro – a counter service shop format with a small seating/standing area perfect for high street and shopping centre locations.
  • Midi – a relocatable container which can be positioned in retail and industrial parks, food markets and events.
  • Micro – a standardised bicycle, e-bike or tuk-tuk for seasonal events and pop up venues.

Christian Leding, managing partner at Extrawurst said: “We are excited to launch our unique, premium and delicious Bratwurst fast-food to go offer to the UK and as we are lucky to have a highly experienced UK partner, we are confident that it will be a success.

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“We have over 40-years’ experience building Extrawurst into one of the top five Bratwurst street food concepts in Germany with a proven track record of creating successful franchise partnerships to deliver long term success for our affiliate teams. We are looking forward to welcoming more franchisees into our business and celebrating success.”

Extrawurst adds that British people are huge sausage fans with an average person eating 2,700 sausages in their lifetime. However, most people only experience German bratwurst at Christmas markets or abroad so there is an opportunity to bring the flavours of Germany to more people all year round. The menu will consist of a choice of pork Bratwurst sausage in a bun, a range of famous Currywurst options, as well as Frikadelle and Schnitzel options all served with a choice of sauce toppings, sides and spices. It will also be a introducing a vegan Bratwurst to the UK market.

Artisan coffee roasters
Delivering a premium quality coffee to customer perception, Extrawurst has partnered with local artisan coffee roasters, Rounton Coffee Roasters. Its Fairtrade coffee is sourced from Brazil with 100 per cent Arabica beans and freshly roasted in small batches exclusively for Extrawurst

Dave Beattie, founder of the company said: “We are so pleased to have been selected to work alongside Extrawurst as the iconic Bratwust brand enters into the UK market. Working together, we know that we can offer an unparalleled product and service that stretches all across the UK. It is exciting for us to be part of such a great journey.”

Source: Franchise World

Sushi Shop set for multiple store roll-outs as it accelerates franchise plan

September 17, 2021

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.

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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.

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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.


Source: FEJ

Papa John’s multi-unit franchisee sees portfolio approach 20 stores

September 6, 2021

One of Papa John’s multi-unit franchisees, Abid Hussain, has added three new stores to his portfolio which now sees him running almost 20 pizza outlets across the UK. Before joining Papa John’s in 2016, the franchisor said that Hussain worked in advertising and marketing in London and was also a consultant in a web firm.

Explaining his route to becoming a franchisee, Hussain said: “It was a friend who first introduced me to Papa John’s. I did my research and became a partner in my cousin’s Taunton store before purchasing that and becoming a franchisee. Since then, I haven’t looked back!

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“My goal is to continue to expand, bringing everyone’s favourite pizza treat to more and more families and friends to enjoy together in new locations, as soon as suitable sites become available.”

Amit Pancholi, UK director of business development at Papa John’s commented: “Abid’s commitment and work ethic and adherence to our core values is inspiring. With the support of his extended team, he has built a substantial multi-unit franchise operation. His hunger for success ensures his passion for great service, achieved by empowering his people, always delivers.

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“As a franchisor, we congratulate Abid on opening these new stores and will continue to work with him to support his future growth plans. We are always looking to welcome new franchisees who are keen to develop the asset of a multi-unit portfolio of franchised Papa John’s to run as clusters of stores, and we can help develop a long-term strategic vision for developing a successful partnership with us.

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“We also work with committed venues looking to add a new revenue stream by offering a top-quality, branded hot food offering to their existing customers. We have flexible format options to suit different business models from holiday parks to pubs to sports stadiums and beyond.”? The company added that those interested in running a Papa John’s franchise, incentives are on offer to open this summer.

Source: Franchise World

Slim Chickens Opens New Location in the U.K.

August 20, 2021

Slim Chickens, a leading fast casual franchise, which features dine-in and drive-thru service in the better-chicken segment, announced today its new restaurant opening at Exeter Cres, Bournemouth BH2 5DD. Seasoned restaurant operator groups JRK Restaurants and Boparan Restaurant Group are at the helm of the new location.

The better-chicken brand has opened more than 135 locations across the United States and the United Kingdom, and is known for its passionate group of followers in the markets in which it operates. With more than 600 locations in development, the brand’s momentum shows no signs of slowing down.

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“As we continue to expand across the globe, we are so glad to have groups like JRK Restaurants and Boparan Restaurant Group along our side propelling our growth,” says Jackie Lobdell, vice president of franchise development at Slim Chickens. “I know these groups will do an amazing job introducing the brand to the local Bournemouth community.”

The brand prides itself on its cooked-to-order fresh food and strong devoted fanbase, also known as “Slimthusiasts.” Slim Chickens has distinguished itself in the “better chicken” segment by offering high-quality food and 17 house-made dipping sauces, allowing customers to enjoy a different flavor profile with each visit. Its menu is broader than many in the segment, offering chicken tenders, fresh salads, sandwiches, chicken and waffles, chicken wings and unique side items. Fans also resonate with the southern contemporary look and feel and open and inviting layout of Slim Chickens restaurants, which speak to the hospitality mindset that anchors the brand.

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The Slim Chickens franchise opportunity differentiates itself with prime markets available for multi-unit development, a passionate leadership team and world-class franchisee support system. As Slim Chickens expands, it is awarding franchise opportunities to qualified, experienced and passionate multi-unit groups looking to add a dynamic segment to their portfolio.

Source: QSR Magazine

German Doner Kebab opening first Toronto location

July 30, 2021

German Doner Kebab will open a flagship restaurant in downtown Toronto, expanding it growth in Canada, according to a company press release.

Located at 246 Queen St. W., the restaurant opens next week, following the launch of its first two Canadian restaurants in Ottawa and Surrey last year. The restaurant will have a capacity of 40 seats and will create 30 jobs in the Toronto area.

The restaurant’s kebabs are made using lean meats and fresh local vegetables, served in handmade toasted breads with signature sauces, according to the release.

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The downtown Toronto location has been developed in partnership with franchisee Usman Ali, who is planning to develop 10 German Doner Kebabs throughout Canada in the next 10 years. Ali’s family has owns eight Popeyes and four Dairy Queen sites.

“The location doesn’t get any better, it’s in the heart of downtown. Period,” Ali said in the press release. “This amazing location will enable German Doner Kebab to bring its unique experience to the people of Toronto. “German Doner Kebab brings a compelling customer experience and a strong product. The experience of its leadership team is unrivalled too and we are looking forward to working closely with them to open in Downtown Toronto and developing our pipeline into the Toronto area.”

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The brand has over 70 restaurants across the globe and is embarking on growth across the U.K., Sweden, U.S. and the Middle East, with over 700 franchises signed-up to its global growth strategy.

“German Doner Kebab is a truly disruptive brand that has revolutionised the kebab industry,” Nigel Belton, German Doner Kebab managing director for North America said in the release. “Usman and his family represent everything we look for in our multi-unit franchise partners, bringing huge industry experience and a belief in our brand potential as we build the fast-casual brand of the future.”

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Based in Glasgow, Scotland, but started in Berlin, Germany in 1989, the brand has grown quickly in the U.K., Sweden and Middle East and hitting markets in the U.S., Canada, Saudi Arabia and Europe. The fast-casual brand plans to open 47 new restaurants in the U.K. in 2021.

Source: Fast Casual

Tony Macaroni franchise ready to expand restaurants into England and Wales

June 29, 2021

Tony Macaroni, the award-winning Italian casual dining brand, is ready to expand its restaurants into England and Wales. The Glasgow-based chain is part of the Viva Italia Group which also includes Mozza, Nardini and The Wine House 1821.

Tony Macaroni currently has 19 restaurants across Scotland and Northern Ireland with five more scheduled to open by the end of the year.

Sep Marini, managing director of Tony Macaroni, said that he is looking to bring the brand to towns and cities down south, fulfilling a long-held ambition to have a Tony Macaroni restaurant on every high street throughout the UK.

Marini commented: “While 2020 has proved to be challenging for many brands, we have continued to enjoy success. We’ll be standing at 24 Tony Macaroni restaurants in Scotland and Northern Ireland by the end of the year, and we are now ready for the next chapter.

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“We want to partner with the best operators in the country to help them bring the Tony Macaroni brand to people all over England and Wales. Our brand is much-loved throughout Scotland, because we follow a formula that works. I firmly believe we can emulate this success the length and breadth of the UK with experienced franchisees who can build themselves a fantastic business.”

Tony Macaroni opened its first restaurant in 2007 and now employs around 500 people across Scotland and Northern Ireland. The company says that its restaurants offer authentic Italian food at affordable prices, with everything cooked to order under the direction of a head chef.

Last year, during the Covid-19 pandemic, the company said it saw a 400 per cent increase in takeaway sales and was recognised in the Pizza, Pasta & Italian Food Industry Awards by winning the title of Restaurant Chain Award 2020. The award category was for chains with over 10 sites and looked at how the business ‘weathered the storms of Covid-19’.

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Marini continued: “Our menu was redesigned, inspired and crafted by the amazing Italian celebrity chef Fabio Campoli and his team three years ago. This brings standardisation to all our procedures, from prep to service, and ensures consistent quality throughout the group as we expand – perfect for franchising and a real selling point.

“When you combine our incredible food with the fact Tony Macaroni is a great affordable choice for every kind of occasion, you can see why our turnover is so steady. I think ambitious operators are going to be excited by the potential to open a sizeable number of Tony Macaroni’s in their chosen territory.

“This is an exciting time for the industry, full of opportunity and there are some great deals to be done on desirable sites. The smartest operators are already taking full advantage of the current situation in the marketplace – including less competition, cheaper rents and landlord incentives.”

Source: Franchise World