Pizza chain Papa John’s looking to open new Hartlepool branch

July 6, 2020

Pizza takeaway giant Papa John’s is looking to open a new Hartlepool branch.

The firm, which has more than 450 outlets nationwide, is searching for premises in the town and is holding virtual meetings with potential franchisees.

Phil Gaffer, the company’s United Kingdom franchise sales and business development manager, said: “We are particularly looking for franchisees to develop businesses in the North West, North East, Nottinghamshire and the South West.”

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Papa John’s, which is also earmarking Stockton for a new branch, is continuing to expand despite the coronavirus pandemic and said successful candidates would receive help in identifying and opening suitable premises.

Mr Gaffer added: “Our franchisee recruitment process is the same, yet we have needed to become ‘virtual’ for some elements.

“I usually start by speaking to potential franchisees over the phone, then they attend a discovery day where we meet in-person.

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“Normally, I’m on the road twice a week holding discovery meetings across the UK. Now we’ve launched weekly ‘virtual’ discovery meetings online.

“These one-to-one sessions are the first step in getting to know the candidate and for them to get to know Papa John’s.

“Many have tried Papa John’s and love the product and now these remote sessions are the chance to learn how the tried and tested franchise concept works.

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“They are an opportunity for both parties to ask questions to see if there could be a good fit for the future.

“I am also planning virtual regional recruitment events which will start to be held early in the summer too.”

By Gavin Ledwith

Source: Hartlepool Mail

German Doner Kebab hires headhunter to find project management boss

July 3, 2020

German Doner Kebab has launched a hunt for an experienced head of project management to steer its restaurant expansion strategy.

The Glasgow-headquartered chain fast food brand is looking to bring in the senior figure to manage its restaurant expansion plans throughout the UK.

Previous executive hires at GDK have come from high-profile names in food and drink such as TGI Fridays and Taco Bell. Candidates can expect a thorough grilling about their experience of the leisure and retail sectors.

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GDK was established in the east end of Glasgow after Athif Sarwar, a member of the family behind the United Wholesale cash and carry business, discovered the brand on holiday in Dubai.

His Hero Brands firm bought the rights and in four years has built it into a business employing 1000 people with 35 restaurants in the UK. It has restaurants in Sweden, Dubai, Abu-Dhabi, Oman and Bahrain and a development pipeline of 350 franchise units over the next seven years, including outlets in Saudi Arabia.

The head of project management will be responsible for the delivery of new restaurant fit-outs, liaising with contractors and consultants to meet brand standards and launch schedules, and maintaining close relationships with franchise partners.

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The search is being managed by executive search company Withey & Vedi.

Imran Sayeed, German Doner Kebab CEO, said: “Our idea of bringing a nutritionally-balanced gourmet kebab has been a massive hit with UK consumers, and this has been reflected in the huge growth we have already achieved in the past two years.

“We have developed a strong growth pipeline with some of the UK’s most established franchise entrepreneurs and and we are now working closely with them to identify new sites and respond to the growing consumer demand across the UK.

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“From this perspective we are looking for an experienced Head of Project Management to join us and oversee the growth of our restaurant footprint whilst strengthening the relationships with our multi-unit franchise partners.”

Vinit Vedi, managing director of Withey & Vedi, said: “Our focus will be on bringing-in an industry specialist who has experience in a similar role with a multi-site restaurant leisure group, or retail operator.

“We now very much look forward to strengthening the German Doner Kebab team and exploring new opportunities to develop our partnership as the brand forges ahead with growth.”

By Hamish Burns

Source: Insider

Cake Box: 75% of sites now trading at pre-Covid levels

June 21, 2020

Fresh cream cake specialist Cake Box has reported that trade at three-quarters of its stores is now at the level it was before the coronavirus outbreak.

Announcing its results for the year ending 31 March 2020, the company described the period as one of a “strong performance”, with 20 new franchise stores added over the 12 months. At the end of March, the company had 133 stores in operation.

Gross margin rose from 45.7% to 46.7%, although adjusted pre-tax profit fell from £4m to £3.8m, which Cake Box said was slightly below previous expectations.

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Like-for-like sales through Cake Box franchise stores rose 2%, but had been up 5.1% in the period before coronavirus.

“Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, our first priority has remained the health, safety and wellbeing of our customers, colleagues, franchisees and their staff and the communities in which we operate across the country,” said chief executive officer Sukh Chamdal.

The company has since reopened sites after introducing social distancing and new processes, with 131 of its 133 stores now open.

Based on average turnover for the two weeks to 7 June 2020, the company said 75% of sites were achieving the average turnover seen in the seven weeks before 15 March.

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“We have a strong pipeline in place to help continue to grow the Cake Box family and are developing new, innovative ways to extend our customer reach,” said Chamdal.

He explained that this included the expanded trial of shopping centre kiosks, and supporting a click-and-collect system that was popular during lockdown. The business last month launched home delivery through Uber Eats and Just Eat, and recently launched on Deliveroo.

“As we emerge into a new sense of normality, there will still be birthdays, marriages and numerous other occasions, small and large, to celebrate up and down the country, with Cake Box’s growing family of dedicated franchisees committed to supporting those festivities as best they can.

“With a strong balance sheet, operational flexibility and a capital light business model, we remain confident in the group’s future prospects.”

Source: Bakery Info

Nando’s temporarily offering free delivery on online orders as further 61 UK restaurants reopen

June 16, 2020

Nando’s is offering customers free delivery on a temporary basis as further restaurants are opened.

In May, the restaurant chain announced it was opening 94 of its restaurants for delivery and collection as lockdown restrictions were eased.

In a further update released on Monday 8 June, the franchise said a further 61 restaurants have been opened across the nation, bringing the total number of reopened restaurants for delivery and click and collect up to 216 across the UK and Ireland.

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Furthermore, for the next two weeks, when customers make an order on the Nando’s website, they will have free delivery.

All delivery orders made on the Nando’s website in the UK and Ireland will allow customers to gain points, or “chillies”, as part of the restaurant’s loyalty scheme.

Customers will be able to redeem their earned points when restaurants reopen fully, a measure that is currently expected to occur later this year.

Nando’s stressed that all food prepared in its kitchens is done so ”under strict UK and Irish government guidelines, to ensure restaurant teams, delivery drivers and customers are safe”.

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The restaurant is also ensuring its strict social distancing practises are being observed when delivering orders.

“Drivers are being instructed to maintain social distancing when waiting to pick up orders, restaurant staff will hand over food whilst maintaining social distancing, and contactless delivery will be available upon request,” the company stated.

On Wednesday 3 June, Nando’s released a statement in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

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The restaurant chain opened its statement with a quote by Nelson Mandela, which read: “To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”

The firm continued, stating: “As a South African business born during Apartheid South Africa, we are proud believers in the spirit of the Rainbow Nation.

“We want our Black Nandocas [Nando’s worker], partners, creators and customers worldwide to know we stand by them and are looking at ways we can continue to support and raise awareness of this issue of racism through our work, both short and long term.”

Source: Independent

Greggs reopening: 800 stores to open with a reduced menu – how to check if your local branch is opening

June 7, 2020

Greggs closed its doors on 24 March in line with the UK lockdown, but following the successful reopening of some of its stores, the bakery chain has announced that 800 branches will open from June.

New social distancing measures and a slimmed down menu will be put in place at stores across the country.

This is everything you need to know.

When will Greggs reopen?

Greggs CEO, Roger Whiteside announced that a selection of Greggs branches in the North East had reopened on a trial basis, testing how delivery, collection and walk in orders would work using new safety measures.

It was revealed that the trials have been “performing well” and that more branches will be opening.

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“We plan to start preparing and opening more shops nationwide from around the 18th of June and we’re currently in the process of selecting around 800 shops to reopen, this will initially include approximately 150 franchise shops,” Whiteside said.

Will there be social distancing measures in place?

All new stores that reopen will have the tried and tested operation measures in place to ensure the safety of both staff and customers.

This move comes after initial plans to reopen 20 stores in April fell through due to fears that social distancing measures would not be successfully upheld.

Which stores are opening?

The plan is to have all Greggs shops reopened with new operational measures in place by 1 July.

Prior to this however, Greggs is beginning with a phased approach to opening its doors, with 150 shops initially being reopened around 18 June, and the eventual goal to open 800 branches.

These branches will likely follow the lead of previous Greggs stores that have opened and offer delivery, collection and take away services – not sit in.

However the company has not confirmed which stores will reopen.

You can use the Greggs store locator tool to find your nearest branch.

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The UK government announced that all “non-essential” retailers in England would be able to resume from June 15, with the likes of markets and car dealerships being able to open from June 1.

Boris Johnson said that the hospitality industry and other public places would be able to reopen in July “at the earliest”.

The four phase route map in Scotland could see pubs and restaurants waiting longer to open their doors than in England.

What is the reduced menu?

The stores that will be reopening their doors to the public will be working from a “reduced range”.

There has not been any announcement about what this menu could look like – and it could vary from branch to branch.

It is likely that the more popular items will still be included in the limited menu, such as sausage rolls, steak bakes and cheese and onion pasties.

Will my Greggs gift card still be valid?

Greggs states that “all gift cards are valid for two years from date of purchase”.

If you’ve got a Greggs gift card that you’ve not been able to use due to lockdown, and you’re concerned about losing the balance on it, you should contact Greggs.

You can do this by phoning 0808 147 3447.

For those with Greggs Rewards collected via the app, you should be aware that any rewards that have expired while stores were closed will be reissued to your account at a later date.

Online reaction

The online reaction to the news that Greggs are beginning to reopen their doors has been overwhelmingly positive.

Taking to Twitter, users embraced the news wholeheartedly.

One user wrote: “Finally, some good news. Cheese and onion pasties on me.”

Another tweeted: “These are happy tears” in response to the news with a crying emoji.

Are other fast food restaurants open?

Various businesses in the food industry are beginning to open their doors to the public once more after being closed due to lockdown.

Restaurants like Five Guys, McDonald’s, KFC, Nandos and Burger King have opened their doors for takeaway, delivery and drive-thru services.

The likes of Starbucks, Pret A Manger and Costa Coffee have started opening cafes across the UK as well.

By Rhona Shennan

Source: The Star

Greggs set to reopen – and customers won’t have long to wait

May 27, 2020

Calling all steak bake and sausage roll fans – Greggs stores are set to reopen within the next month.

The bakery chain announced that it plans to open around 800 of its stores by Thursday, June 18.

Greggs has not revealed the locations of the stores which will reopen, however, Leeds has more than 30 Greggs stores across the city.

There are 12 Greggs outlets in Leeds city centre alone, according to Google Maps.

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Greggs stores across the country were forced to close when the country went into lockdown in mid-March.

However, the restaurant sector has started showing some signs of recovery, as Government rules relaxed.

The company has been running trials with just over a dozen stores in the North East, its home region, for around a month now.

“We plan to start preparing and opening more shops nationwide from around the 18th of June and we’re currently in the process of selecting around 800 shops to reopen, this will initially include approximately 150 franchise shops.

“All shops will open with our new tested operational measures in place.

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“And although they will open with a reduced range, this will be a significant step in us helping the nation get back up and running and serving the communities that we operate in.”

Mr Whiteside added that the company plans to open all 2,500 Greggs outlets by July 1st.

He said: “We’ll continue to look for the best ways to serve customers whilst keeping everyone safe, and as long as we can continue to do this, the final phase in our plan is to open all shops with our new operational measures in place by July 1st.”

Earlier this month, McDonald’s started reopening its British stores, starting with 15 in and around London.

Starbucks also reopened 150 of its stores earlier in the month.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that non-essential stores, including clothes stores, will be able to re-open from the middle of the month, as long as they adhere to social distancing rules.

By Rebecca Marano

Source: Yorkshire Post

Subway re-opens Peterborough store

May 26, 2020

Subway has re-opened its store at Bretton Court.

The sandwich chain has been re-opening a number of its outlets across the UK and Ireland for delivery, mobile order through the Subcard® app and takeaway.

And subscribers to the app have received a notification today that they can now order from the store in Bretton.

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Subway said it has introduced “new operational and social distancing safety measures… to ensure the continued protection of guests, third party delivery and supplier drivers, Sandwich Artists™ and the wider communities in which they serve”.

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It added: “The measures include new directional signage to support social distancing, enhanced hygiene practices and the supply of PPE to protect Sandwich Artists™, guests and delivery drivers. Stores will also open with a reduced menu, operating with a selected menu of favourites, with the full menu being introduced as and when we can.

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“These procedures will ensure our franchise owners are able to operate and trade responsibly and have been tested in a small number of stores that have remained open to support and serve key workers and hospital staff.”

By Joel Lamy

Source: Peterborough Today

KFC Celebrates Reopening 500 Stores With a Video Montage of Your Sad Fried Chicken Efforts

May 22, 2020

KFC has announced the reopening of 500 of its restaurants, meaning you can get your finger licken’ chicken delivered straight to your door and stop trying to crack the Colonel’s recipe. Your attempts suck anyway, and KFC knows it.

The brand dropped the news alongside a a YouTube video celebrating your attempts at recreating KFC’s crispy chicken at home; even though the recipe is a secret, there have been a few recipes that claim to have figured it out. But you’ve still got to cook the chicken to perfection, which is where it all went a bit wrong looking at your attempts. Good effort though!

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Paula MacKenzie, general manager at KFC UK and Ireland, said:

“Five hundred restaurants reopening is a huge milestone. It’s credit to the hard work of all of our amazing teams in restaurant and we wanted to celebrate the moment.

“We’ve loved seeing the nation’s homemade efforts whilst we’ve been away, so including a few of them in our new ad is the perfect tribute. Some of the creations looked incredible, some less so… now that we’re back on delivery, probably best we take it from here!”

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You heard her. Leave it to the professionals. Unless the professionals aren’t opening back up in your area. You can check out whether you can put the deep fryer back into the recesses of the cupboard from whence it came after consulting the website.

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The chain was amongst the first of the fast food giants to open its doors for delivery last month, starting off with just 11 stores and a limited menu. The franchise intended to get 100 locations in the UK back up and running for delivery by May 4, and seems to have avoided the issues Burger King and Five Guys encountered with a rabid, MSG-starved rabble rolling up for takeout with all the decorum of a zombie horde that’s had a whiff of brains. Maybe the Colonel’s fare attracts a slightly more civilised crowd, or they’ve just been biding their time before going bonkers. We’ll have to wait and see.

By Shabana Arif

Source: Gizmodo

Ohannes Burger chooses Nottingham for second UK site

May 15, 2020

Despite current circumstances surrounding Covid-19, gourmet burger restaurant Ohannes Burger has opened their second UK site at 61 Long Row, Nottingham city centre.

The popular franchise, with 16 restaurants across Turkey, opened their first UK branch in Arnold on the outskirts of Nottingham in November 2019 and has quickly gained a reputation for top-quality handmade burgers at affordable prices.

They have transformed the 570ft² ground floor with basement stores, former Maryland Chicken takeaway with an eclectic fit out into a venue seating up to 30 people with open kitchen.

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In order to operate within government guidelines, the store has opened initially on a click and collect basis as well as delivery through UberEats.

FHP Property Consultants secured the letting on behalf of the private landlord. Oliver Marshall, Associate Director at FHP said:

“We were instructed to market the property initially on a confidential basis, using our market knowledge and contacts we quickly drummed up significant interest culminating in agreeing terms with Ohannes who performed in a timely and
transparent manner.

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Ohannes are an exciting new brand and it is testament to Nottingham that they have chosen to launch the UK business here, following the success in Turkey. Long Row is an ideal location with them being in and amongst a great mix of food operators benefiting from strong footfall throughout the day and night. Their impressive fit out makes them really stand out”.

Ohannes are looking to expand their UK stores further into the East Midlands over the coming years.

Source: WB Wire

Cake Box reopens 79 sites after revamping processes

May 13, 2020

Cake Box franchisees have reopened 79 stores – and the business hopes to have all its sites open again by early next month.

In line with many bakery chains, Cake Box closed all its stores after the government updated it social distancing advice in March.

Since then, the business has been reviewing its processes and operations and consulting with franchisees and their employees.

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As a result of this, Cake Box has put in place new processes:

  • Operating with smaller teams in store to allow for social distancing
  • Clear demarcation of required social distancing throughout the premises
  • Staff wearing PPE at all times including face masks and shields
  • Implementing an enhanced personal and property hygiene regime.

The company said that after an initial trial of these processes, with stores operating click & collect and delivery, it told franchisees they could start trading again if they wished.

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To date, 79 franchise stores are open offering a limited menu of products supplied from the Cake Box bakery in Enfield where the company has also brought in new health and safety procedures. The bakery is operating with reduced staffing levels to maintain appropriate distancing.

“Initial demand from customers has been encouraging, albeit at much lower levels than in normal trading conditions given the ongoing lockdown restrictions,” stated Cake Box, which hopes to have its full estate open by early June.

Cake Box has previously said that relatively low levels of rent and overheads would help its franchisee businesses recover from the impact of coronavirus.

By Vince Bamford

Source: Bakery Info