German Doner Kebab Hits Landmark Moment As It Opens Its 100th UK Restaurant

May 12, 2022

German Doner Kebab (GDK) will reach the major milestone of opening its 100th UK restaurant this week.

The landmark 100th site will open for customers tomorrow (Tuesday May 10th), in the heart of Covent Garden on St. Martins Lane, London, in the heart of the bustling Theatre District.

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The chain has always prided itself on crafting ‘expectation-defying kebabs’, elevating what is one of Britain’s most-loved late night takeaways to a new level of quality, freshness, and variety, all wrapped into a superior dining experience. GDK’s food is freshly prepared in front of customers, using open kitchens in all restaurants. An uncompromising focus on quality means GDK uses only premium and lean cuts of meat, fresh locally sourced vegetables, unique signature sauces made daily in each restaurant, and hand-made Turkish-style bread with its crisply toasted waffle pattern.

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To mark the 100th occasion, GDK hosted a weekend of launch activity to celebrate its significant milestone.

Over the last few years, GDK has cemented itself as a culturally forward-thinking brand, 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.

Imran Sayeed, GDK CEO, said: “Opening our 100th UK restaurant is a landmark moment in the German Doner Kebab story.”

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Source: Franchising

Bubblewrap kickstarts expansion with first franchise site

May 3, 2022

Instagram-famous dessert brand Bubblewrap has launched its first franchise site to kickstart its plans for significant expansion.

The company has opened a site in London’s Old Spitalfields Market, its third in total, adding to its Chinatown and Covent Garden venues.

The 100sq ft kiosk will be takeaway only and will be the company’s pilot franchise site. More locations are to be announced in the near future with founder Tony Fang planning to open at least three new stores in the Middle East by 2024.

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Bubblewrap was the first bubble waffle concept in the UK, with its debut Chinatown site attracting long queues and its products becoming a hit on Instagram.

Last year the company announced that it intended to roll out across the UK and internationally ​in high-footfall locations as part of an ‘aggressive’ expansion plan.

“The future of Bubblewrap is exciting and I’m incredibly proud to announce the beginning of our expansion model through this partnership with our new franchisee,” says Fang.

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“Our brand is unique and we are proud to position ourselves as a branded fast-food product – by using fresh, premium quality ingredients and waffles that are cooked to order. This is a growing market with fantastic opportunities and growth market potential.

“Since 2015, we’ve worked hard to establish the Bubblewrap® brand in the UK. Opening in London’s destination hotspots has enabled us to bring our unique desserts to a wide-ranging global audience and open up our channels to driven and passionate operators who are keen to replicate our success in other areas of the world.”

Fang started Bubblewrap as a university project at Imperial College in 2015 designed to put a creative spin on the traditional Hong Kong street food snack.

Source: Big Hospitality

Profits jump at Burger King UK as online sales surge

April 28, 2022

Burger King UK’s earnings almost tripled last year thanks to a jump in people ordering online.

The chain made sales of £211.7 million for the year to December 2021, which was 68% higher than in 2020 and well above pre-Covid levels.

Online orders now account for a quarter of the fast-food chain’s UK business, it said.

Burger King attributed this to higher sales made over its app, which increased user numbers by more than 60% to 1.3 million in 2021. Meat-free menu options such as the Vegan Royale and a plant-based Whopper burger also boosted sales.

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Pre-tax earnings for the period were £49.6 million, up from £17.2 million in 2020.

The company added 48 new restaurants to its portfolio last year and plans to open 200 more sites by 2026.

Alasdair Murdoch, CEO of Burger King UK, said: “Both delivery and drive-through sales were strong throughout 2021 and will remain key areas of focus as we execute on our growth strategy.

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“We have a strong development pipeline to further grow our UK footprint, and we are very well positioned to take advantage of the clear market opportunities ahead of us.”

Plans to float the business on the stock exchange stalled earlier this year after investors became nervous over the conflict in Ukraine.

The company never formally announced plans, but had reportedly hired bankers at Investec, Peel Hunt and Bank of America to advise on a potential listing.

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Burger King UK, which manages the British franchise on behalf of US giant Restaurant Brands International, is owned by private equity firm Bridgepoint.

By Rhiannon Curry

Source: Standard

Cake Box sales to top previous year by 50%

April 20, 2022

Celebration cake specialist Cake Box expects annual revenues to rise by 50% year-on-year, according to a full-year trading update.

The retail chain said business had been strong across its store estate and online delivery channels for the 12 months up to 31 March 2022 and has made its prediction based on adjusted profit before tax in line with market expectations.

Online delivery and click & collect options have continued to expand Cake Box’s customer base, the company said, and franchisee online sales increased around 41% during the year and 27% on a 10-month basis.

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Cake Box opened 11 new franchise stores (excluding kiosk openings) in the second half of the period, bringing the total number of stores opened in the full year to 31, compared with 24 in the previous year.

The company reported a continued high level of interest in its differentiated franchise proposition, with ‘strong demand’ for new stores from existing franchisees and a pipeline of new franchisee applicants resulting in 53 holding deposits being held at the end of the annual period.

The trial of Cake Box kiosks with Asda has continued to expand, with 10 new kiosks opened during the year, taking the total number of Asda kiosks to 15 in addition to 20 shopping centre kiosks.

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The company reported a ‘significant increase’ to its net cash position, which stood at £5.2m at the end of the period, compared with £3.6m for the previous year.

“We have delivered another record performance for the year, demonstrating the continuing appeal of our customer and franchisee proposition,” said Sukh Chamdal, Cake Box co-founder and CEO.

“Our strategy to reach customers across the UK is starting to deliver. This is thanks to the dedication, determination and commitment of the exceptional entrepreneurs in our Cake Box family, which continues to grow, providing opportunities for entrepreneurs, creating jobs and providing delicious, fresh cream cakes up and down the country,” Chamdal added.

By Jerome Smail

Source: British Baker

Pret A Manger to expand into Ireland creating 500 jobs

April 11, 2022

Around 500 jobs are to be created across the island of Ireland by coffee and sandwich chain Pret A Manger.

The company is to open up to 20 shops within the next decade, as part of its entrance into the Irish market.

The outlets in the Republic and Northern Ireland will be rolled out by Carebrook Partnership Limited under a franchise arrangement.

The first shop is set to open on Dawson Street in Dublin this summer, creating 25 jobs.

“Setting up shop in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland has been our plan for a long time, and we’re thrilled that we’re finally able to make it happen,” said Pano Christou, Chief Executive Officer at Pret A Manger.

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“There has long been demand from our neighbours on the island of Ireland to bring Pret’s freshly prepared food and organic coffee, and now with the backing of Carebrook Partnership Ltd we’re able to do so.”

“We look forward to making this partnership a success.”

Carebrook Partnership Ltd has worked with Pret for three decades and runs many of its stores in London where it is a common sight on city centre streets.

Carebrook is majority owned by UK and US food sector veteran, Gerard Loughran, who grew up in Nenagh, Co Tipperary.

Ray McNamara from Dublin, who has 25 years’ experience in the Irish food industry and owns Ann’s Bakery is also a minority shareholder.

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“We’ve been working with Pret for over three decades, ever since they arrived in London,” said Gerard Loughran, CEO, Carebrook Partnership Ltd.

“Having grown up in Tipperary, and with more than two decades of experience in the hospitality and food industry, I’ve always wanted to bring Pret to Ireland and Northern Ireland, so I’m delighted that this will soon become a reality alongside my co-owner Ray, who has great connections and links to the food sector in Dublin with 25 years’ experience.”

“We look forward to welcoming our new customers, soon.”

Last year Pret announced that it would aim to double the size of the business within five years, including launching into five new markets by the end of 2023.

Pret is owned by investment group JAB and founder Sinclair Beecham.

It currently has shops in the United Kingdom, United States, Hong Kong, France, Dubai, Switzerland, Brussels, Singapore and Germany.

By Will Goodbody

Source: RTE

Apache Pizza to create 400 new jobs at 20 new stores in north

March 31, 2022

IRELAND’S largest pizza chain Apache confirmed that it is creating 400 jobs in the north by opening 20 new pizzerias over the next year.

Fuelled by a 32 per cent increase in sales during lockdown, the Dublin-headquartered business says the new stores will be opened by new and existing franchisees, and Apache is actively seeking entrepreneurs to become new franchisees.

Locations it has identified for now include Carryduff, Moira, Dundonald, Strangford, Saintfield, Hillsborough, Comber, Crumlin, Whitehead, Dunmurry, Ormeau Road, Carnlough, Newtownabbey and Portstewart.

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Apache, which currently operates 19 stores in Northern Ireland, says the 400 new jobs include permanent, full-time and part-time positions for general managers, supervisors, team members and delivery drivers.

The chain was founded in Dublin in 1996 before expanding into Northern Ireland in 2016, and it currently operates 181 stores and employs 2,750 people across the island of Ireland.

“Our rapid expansion plan for Northern Ireland provides people with an immediate opportunity to secure local employment and to develop their careers locally,” Apache Pizza chief executive Martin Lyons said.

“We also have fantastic opportunities for entrepreneurs who want to run their own business and join us in being part of Ireland’s most recognisable and popular pizza chain.”

He added: “We’re delighted to expand our presence in Northern Ireland and to create these job and franchise opportunities.

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“Being local is what is driving our growth and rapid expansion plan, and our plan is to open a number of new stores every month.”

Apache Pizza has already commenced a recruitment drive and says it is seeking vibrant, self-motivated people with consumer-focused experience for all positions.

Those interested in becoming franchisees, who do not require previous business management experience, can also apply online at

Apache Pizza was founded by Robert Pendleton and his wife Emily Gore Grimes, who no longer manage the business.

It is now owned by Food Delivery Brands, the largest and most geographically diversified pizza delivery master franchiser in the world by store numbers and by OKR Group, Ireland’s leading QSR franchise operator.

By Gary McDonald

Source: The Irish News

Slim Chickens franchisee hatches 18th UK-based location

March 23, 2022

Faytetteville, Arkansas-based Slim Chickens has opened a store in Guilford, England at 22 Friary St., marking Boparan Restaurant Groups’ 18th location, according to a company press release.

The better-chicken brand has over 160 locations in the United States and the United Kingdom with over 800 in development.

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“As we continue to expand across the globe, we are grateful for having great franchise partners like Boparan Restaurant Group guiding our growth,” Jackie Lobdell, vice president of franchise development at Slim Chickens, said in the release. “Their passion for the Slim Chickens brand and dedication to bringing our amazing flavors and southern comfort environment to communities across the UK is admirable.”

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German Doner Kebab Appoints New Managing Director For UK

March 16, 2022

German Doner Kebab has appointed Sofia Dimen as its new Managing Director for UK.

Sofia is the Founder of Basepoint Consulting and former Senior Commercial Consultant at OXYGY Ltd, a Bird & Bird International Law Firm, where she has worked with a range of top brands across the food and beverage sector including Greggs, Pret A Manger, Halo Burger, Daimon Brewery, Wagamama, amongst others.

Sofia has worked with many of the major high street brands to improve the understanding of the franchisee and franchisor relationship through behaviours and processes as well as auditing departments and boosting profitability from multinational PLCs to private equity and founder start-ups.

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Sofia replaces Daniel Bunce who was recently promoted to GDK International Global COO role to spearhead the brand’s international growth plans.

The past year saw the brand deliver a significant rise in UK total sales, up 75 per cent from the previous 12 months, with same-store sales for 2021 also up 27 per cent on 2020.

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 3500 people in its restaurants throughout the country.

“I am excited to be joining German Doner Kebab and stepping into the role of MD,” said Sofia Dimen.

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Imran Sayeed, Group CEO said: “Sofia brings new expertise and talent to our leadership team and we are thrilled to welcome her into the GDK family as we build our brand awareness and bring an offering that is truly connecting with the Gen Z and Millennial audience.

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Popular travelling taverna to open first permanent Greek restaurant

March 15, 2022

A popular mobile taverna restaurant has announced it plans to open its first permanent restaurant. And the new venue will be in East Staffordshire.

The Travelling Taverna has announced it has secured its first unit from where it will run a franchise operation. This means a permanent restaurant is set to be opening in Uttoxeter.

The company has said that it will be providing the same food, with dine-in and takeaway options as it does through its mobile operation. There will also be Greek desserts and drinks on offer. The travelling business has become such a success it has been franchised nationally, with the potential Uttoxeter venue being the first to be dine-in.

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The exact location of the new restaurant is yet to be confirmed with a spokesperson from the firm saying: “Stay tuned for updates.” The pop-up grill operation moves around the country, offering a wide range of Greek food, including marinated chicken skewers on freshly prepared flatbreads as well as vegetarian options such as feta salads and grilled halloumi.

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The travelling restaurant was started in 2020 during the covid lockdown by Konstantinos ‘Connie’ Eleftheriou of the Bubble Inn gastro pubs group, which includes one in Tutbury, East Staffordshire. Mr Eleftheriou had been in the food industry for 12 years before setting up the franchise, which has run its pop-up taverna at pubs in Burton and Swadlincote.

By George Bunn

Source: Staffordshire Live

Papa John’s multi-unit franchisee smashes target for store openings

March 8, 2022

A new Papa John’s multi-unit franchisee team in the North West has smashed its target of opening six stores in its first year – and vowed to take on more projects following its early success with the brand.

Richard McElroy and Chris Makin recently opened a site in Leigh, Manchester, taking the number of new jobs they have created to 150.

The latest launch comes after a site they opened in Ormskirk last year became the 500th unit that Papa John’s operates in the UK.

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Mr McElrory said the duo are keen to expand: “Growing a business is exciting and, as part of that, being able to create more jobs in Manchester, in the communities we know and live, is an honour.

“For us, our people are the key ingredient in our recipe for success. We now look forward to welcoming many more recruits of all ages and backgrounds to our team as we develop our management structure and continue to add more stores in the region.”

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Amit Pancholi, UK director of business development at Papa John’s UK, said the company has experienced high growth in the past year.

“As an organisation we’ve opened double-digit stores across the UK, growing our brand presence both on the high street and also in non-traditional locations such as holiday resorts, leisure venues and more.

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“Richard and Chris have fully bought into our ethos and values, and we are proud to support them as they also continue to grow their portfolio of stores, bringing Papa John’s to even more customers wherever and whenever they want to enjoy their favourite pizza treat with family and friends.”

Papa John’s was founded in the USA in 1984 and boasts more than 5,000 stores in 40 international markets.


Source: Food Service Equipment Journal