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

Five Guys launches Lotus Biscoff milkshake in UK

September 17, 2020

Five Guys has announced the addition of a brand new milkshake to its menu… and we’re already drooling.

Ever since its launch in the UK in 2013, Five Guys has made a name for itself among the heavy hitters in the fast food industry.

While the franchise is best-known for its burgers, which are bought for a set price with any number of free toppings customers would like, Five Guys is also famed for its wide variety of milkshake options, with flavours including strawberry, Oreo cookie pieces, salted caramel and bacon.

On Tuesday 15 September, the restaurant revealed that a new flavour had been added to the mix in the UK – the Lotus Biscoff shake, made – as the name makes abundantly clear – from Lotus Biscoff biscuits.

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The news was announced by Five Guys and Lotus Biscoff on social media, much to the excitement of consumers.

“Willing to drive five hours to my nearest Five Guys just to try this,” one Twitter user said.

“Oh, my life! That sounds amazing,” someone else said on Instagram.

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The indulgent milkshake is now available in all branches across the UK for £5.50.

In May, it was reported that Asda had begun selling Lotus Biscoff ice cream with brownie pieces inside for £3 a tub.

Several Instagram users responded with delight to the news, with one person stating: “Holy mother of God,” and another writing: “This is definitely an essential.”

By Sabrina Barr 

Source: Independent

Domino’s UK master franchisee names CFO

September 6, 2020

United Kingdom-based Domino’s master franchise company, Domino’s Pizza Group Plc, has named its interim CFO and former Ei Group Plc CFO, Neil Smith, to the chief financial officer’s spot on a permanent basis, according to a news release. Smith will also join the company’s board on Sept. 16.

Smith held the financial lead at U.K. pub restaurant company, Ei Group plc, from 2011 until its recent takeover by Stonegate Pub Company. He succeeded David Bauernfeind, who died in a snorkeling accident last year.

Additionally, the company named Natalia Barsegiyan and Lynn Fordham to its Board of Independent Non-Executive Directors, as well as appointing the pair to the board’s Nomination, Remuneration and Audit committees.

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Barsegiyan retired as CFO of Taco Bell in April 2020 and previously served as Yum Brands’ chief commercial officer from 2016 to 2018 and the general manager of Pizza Hut Europe from 2013 to 2016.

Fordham is managing partner of private equity firm, Larchpoint Capital LLP, and is a chartered accountant, who previously was CEO of SVG Capital Plc. Fordham also held senior finance roles at Barratt Developments Plc, BAA Plc and Boots Plc.

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“I am delighted to welcome Natalia and Lynn as non-executive directors. Both have highly relevant experience and impressive track records of value creation,” Board Chair Chairman Matt Shattock said in the release. “I am also very pleased to welcome Neil to the board. Neil has built upon the foundations laid by David Bauernfeind, bringing further rigor to the business. …. These appointments mark an important milestone in the evolution of the board and I am looking forward to working with them.”

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Domino’s Pizza Group plc is the UK’s leading pizza brand and a major player in the Irish market. The company holds the master franchise agreement to own, operate and franchise Domino’s stores in the U.K., Republic of Ireland, Switzerland, Sweden, Iceland and Liechtenstein, as well as associate investments in the holders of the Domino’s master franchise agreements in Germany and Luxembourg.

Source: Pizza Marketplace

An Asian fast food chain is launching its second UK restaurant in Liverpool

September 3, 2020

Jollibee, the home of Asia’s favourite fried chicken and the Philippines’ largest fast-food chain, launches a second UK restaurant in Liverpool.

Jollibee is famous across the world for bringing an Asian twist to a traditional western menu, with unique food combinations including crispy fried chicken with a side of sweet spaghetti.

The brand has a cult following amongst the Filipino diaspora around the globe, from Hong Kong to New York and now here in the UK. The first British store opened in Earl’s Court, London in 2018, winning the hearts and taste-buds of the locals.

The first British store opened in Earl’s Court, London in 2018, winning the hearts and taste-buds of the locals. In the first two weeks of the store launch, Jollibee sold over half a million pieces of chicken! Jollibee’s ambitions did not stop in London however, with a new restaurant launching in Liverpool in September and in Leicester later this year.

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Over the next 3-5 years, Jollibee intends to open 50 stores in the UK, with further plans in Italy, Spain and other European markets. Jollibee serves up the crispiest, juiciest and tastiest fried chicken around, with a diverse menu including chicken burgers, hotdogs, fries, desserts and refreshing drinks.

Liverpool customers will be the first to try new menu items, launching for the first time ever Asian Slaw, Tropical Burger, Mango Coconut Sundae and Asian Chicken Tender Rice Bowl. Proudly family-owned, their values are demonstrated in their promise to bring great service and a smile to every customer. The new restaurant in Liverpool will offer a new, unique and, most importantly, fun experience to everyone who comes through the door, all at an affordable price point.

The much loved Chickenjoy is Jollibee’s signature dish, served up extra crispy on the outside and marinated to be extra juicy on the inside. Another favourite dish is the Jolly Spaghetti, a sweet style spaghetti with Jollibee’s signature sauce topped with hotdog pieces and grated cheese.

The new Liverpool restaurant is in a prime location on Whitechapel, within the city centre’s pedestrianised zone and is open 10am-10pm daily, with a seating capacity of 93 across two floors. The store officially opens its doors to the public on Thursday 3rd September at 10am.

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The opening of the restaurant will create new job opportunities for just over 50 Liverpudlians, supporting the local economy and bringing a fun and unique dining experience to the people of the city.

Jollibee is a much-loved restaurant chain, founded in 1978 by Tony Tan Caktiong in the Philippines. Tony, the son of Chinese immigrants, built up his business from humble beginnings, opening a small ice cream franchise and expanding his offering to a selection of hot food. The hot food was a hit, and by 1985, Jollibee was the market leader in the Philippines’ fast food industry. The brand opened its first international restaurant in 1987 and by 1998, had 300 stores globally including its first store in the USA.

Jollibee now has over 1400 stores, 1,201 of which are in the Philippines and 274 in other markets across Asia, Europe, the US and more recently the UK. Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) also owns other brands including The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, Smashburger, Chowking, Mang Inasal, Greenwich Pizza and Red Ribbon. The company also owns the franchise for Burger King Philippines.

The brand’s ambitious plans are to establish Jolli- bee as a household name in the UK. For Jollibee, the UK is clearly a key market for expansion – the British spend a whopping €1.2 billion on quick-ser- vice chicken per year (compared to €652 million in Germany and €700 million in France).

The brand has many accolades to its name, inclu- ding the “best international restaurant chain” by US-based food and lifestyle website, Thrillist , “one of the best fast food chains in the world” by New York-based magazine Travel + Leisure, and the “top 10 international fast food restaurants in the United States” by The Daily Meal.

Adam Parkinson, Market Head of Europe for Jollibee, said:

“It will be a great feeling for me as someone who grew up in North-West England to experience the people of Liverpool taking their first bite of Chickenjoy, Jollibee’s signature crispy chicken.

“The UK quick service market continues to grow from strength to strength. We know that people are living busy lives and they rely on the quick service industry for budget-friendly ways to eat high-quality products on the go. It is our job to ensure we can continue to evolve our products and business channels to fit the demands of this segment.

“Before joining Jollibee, I hadn’t come across a fast food company that was able to hold onto their family values while achieving their global dreams.”

Source: The Guide Liverpool

Cake Box shares rally 6% with a recovery led by tasty online sales growth

September 2, 2020

The recent trading update of baked goods retailer Cake Box (AIM:CBOX) told the story of promising customer demand, with the reopening of its stores and strong online sales acting as the icing in the cake.

Between April and May, the company noted that all of its stores in the UK due to lockdown. Having implemented its new safe work and hygiene protocols, the company began reopening its stores, with 131 of its 133 UK stores open by June 1 2020.

Though operating with a limited menu, Cake Box stated that between the start of June and end of August, like-for-like sales were up 14.1% year-on-year in franchise stores, as consumers released pent-up demand.

The real boost, however, came from the growth of its like-for-like online sales, which were up 74% year-on-year. The company said this jump had been aided by increased exposure and appeal of its new delivery service partnerships, offered by Uber Eats, Just Eat and Deliveroo.

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In addition to sales picking up, Cake Box added that it had opened five new stores since the start of June, in areas including Swindon and Basingstoke. It continued, saying that it has a good pipeline of franchisees and locations, and would look to target further store openings and new staff appointments at its headquarters.

Further, the company say it will repay £156,000 in furlough payments received from the government under the Job Retention Job. It also stated that it would be paying a special dividend of 3.20p on October 23 2020, with the amount being equal to the final year dividend announced on March 31 and later withdrawn on April 14.

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Commenting on its expectations for the coming month, the company’s statement read:

“With one month left of the Company’s half year, the Board is encouraged by the trading performance since reopening, its level of cash generation, and the prospects going forward.”

Following the news, Cake Box shares rallied 5.92% or 10.30p, to 184.30p per share 01/09/20 08:03 BST. The company’s p/e ratio is 22.31, its dividend yield stands at 0.92%.

By Jamie Gordon

Source: UK Investor Magazine

Family-run Italian restaurant brand to sink £50m into UK expansion plan

August 27, 2020

A Glasgow-based Italian restaurant chain, Tony Macaroni, is bidding to become a ‘prized fixture in every UK town and city’ after announcing plans for a £50m expansion scheme.

Tony Macaroni, which opened its first restaurant in 2007 and now has 19 sites in operation, is aiming to open 100 new restaurants in England, Wales and Northern Ireland over the next three years, bringing its new franchise model into focus.

The new model targets quality sites in city centres, retail parks and shopping malls for expansion, giving individuals the opportunity to invest and launch their own franchise.

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Tony Macaroni is part of the Marini family’s Viva Italia Group, along with Neapolitan pizza restaurant Mozza, the art deco cafe and restaurant Nardini, and Edinburgh’s Bar 1821.

The brand said it was ‘perfectly positioned’ to come out of the Covid-19 pandemic ‘stronger than ever’ with trading levels looking healthy since reopening after lockdown.

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Speaking to local press, boss Sep Marini said: “Ultimately, I want the brand to become a prized fixture in every city and large town across the UK – and whilst we will continue to open more restaurants ourselves across Scotland, the time is right for us to offer experienced franchise operators, with the best locations in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, the chance to bring this much loved brand into their portfolios.”


Source: Food Service Equipment Journal

German Doner Kebab signs franchise deals for 30 shops in Saudi and North America

August 11, 2020

Glasgow-based fast food chain German Doner Kebab has signed up franchise partners to open 30 outlets in Saudi Arabia and Canada and is in talks over a similar deal in the US.

Ajlan Bin Ajlan Group becomes master franchisee in Saudi Arabia, with an agreement to open 100 stores in 10 years for the brand which markets doner kebabs as a gourmet snack.

Franchise partners have been signed in Canada’s Ontario and British Columbia provinces, while negotiations are under way to open outlets in New York’s Manhattan, New Jersey and Houston, Texas.

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GDK, owned by Hero Brands, already has franchised stores in the UK, Sweden, Dubai, Abu-Dhabi, Oman and Bahrain. Its new partners have worked with brands including KFC, Starbucks and McDonalds.

Group franchise director global Jon Cullen said: “The interest and developments in recent months reflects our position as one of the world’s most exciting fast-casual brands.

“We have been building a number of new partnerships with experienced franchise investors during this time and plans are well on their way to open up a new region in the Middle East.

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“Our brand has truly disrupted the fast-casual space and has remained agile and responsive during what has been challenging trading conditions for the wider industry.”

Former United Wholesale cash and carry director Athif Sarwar bought the GDK brand through Hero Brands after discovering it on holiday in Dubai. The company has recruited executives from Taco Bell and TGI Fridays as it targets fast international growth.

GDK says it has received more than 300 inquiries from potential franchisees in recent months. Having continued to operate in partnership with Deliveroo during lockdown, it now employs more than 1000 people in the UK where it has opened 35 new restaurants in three years. It plans to open 350 franchise units over the next seven years. The firm says it has delivered 30,000 free meals to frontline NHS workers and vulnerable people.

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Cullen added: “Our unique fast-casual dining experience and our experienced senior team brings a strong proposition and opportunity to accomplished franchisers, which is being reflected in the strategic partnerships we are developing across the globe.

“Our current partners are the epitome of what we look for and we continue to work closely with them to strengthen our partnerships and build the most exciting fast-casual brand of the future.”

By Hamish Burns

Source: Insider

Freshly Chopped Opens New Stores In Leicester And Kildare

August 7, 2020

Freshly Chopped has today announced the opening of two new stores in Ireland and the UK.

The two new outlets will be located at Junction 14 in Monasterevin, Co Kildare, and HGS The Stage in Leicester in the UK, creating 10 jobs per outlet.

“When we founded Freshly Chopped in 2012, our mission was to make it as easy as possible for people to eat healthily and it’s encouraging that in spite of all that is happening we are continuing on this mission,” said Brian Lee, co-founder and managing director of Chopped.

“There’s no doubt it has been a challenging few months for everyone but these two new outlets represent a belief that in a post-Covid world, people will want fresh, healthy food on the go even more.

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First UK Franchise

Freshly Chopped’s new outlet in HGS The Stage in Leicester will be the only food offering in a forecourt opened by Joe Hockenhall and his son Peter of Hockenhall Garages Ltd.

This is the first franchise outlet for Freshly Chopped in the UK and follows the successful opening of a company-owned Freshly Chopped in Manchester in 2019.

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“We believe there is still massive potential for growth in the UK. With thousands of motorists passing each day, our new outlet in Leicester will act as a shop window for more franchisees in the UK to get to know our offering better,” Lee addd.

The company said that Freshly Chopped’s new outlet in Co Kildare is the third franchise outlet taken by The Lidon Group.

Article by Donna Ahern

Source: Checkout