Cake Box to grow its estate after ‘record year’

April 13, 2021

Egg-free cake specialist Cake Box is set to significantly grow its estate across the UK after announcing record revenue for 2020/21.

In a full year trading update, the business said it delivered a strong performance with like-for-like sales at franchise stores up 14.7% in the 40 weeks from 1 June 2020 to 7 March 2021. As such, it expects to report a 16% revenue increase for the year with adjusted profit before tax in line with market expectations.

Cake Box increased its portfolio with a ‘very strong opening programme’ in the second half of the year with 17 new stores in locations including Gloucester, Epsom, Ipswich and Hove. Overall, there were 24 store openings taking the total number of franchise stores to 157 at period end.

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This is set to continue in 2021 and beyond as the business is currently holding franchise deposits for 52 sites across the country.

It is also trialling five Cake Box kiosks with a national supermarket chain and described the results so far as ‘encouraging’.

The expansion is supported by a bakery and distribution centre in Coventry which came online in March. The firm has two other facilities in Enfield and Bradford.

Elsewhere, progress was made on delivery as Cake Box rolled out its own-brand delivery platform with ‘pleasing early results’. This, it said, complements existing click & collect and third-party offerings. Notably, online sales were up 84% year on year.

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“I am very pleased with the strong trading momentum in the second half, continuing the recovery we saw as our shops began to reopen from May last year. Customer appetite for our products has continued to grow, with good traction across our expanded online and delivery services,” said Sukh Chamdal, co-founder and CEO of Cake Box.

Chamdal thanked Cake Box franchisees who he said helped the firm “emerge stronger from a year marked by the global pandemic”. The business welcomed 15 new franchisees over the course of the year as part of the 24 new store openings.

“Despite continued uncertainty in the operating environment, our unique proposition for customers and new and existing franchisees remains highly attractive and we are confident of making continued progress in the years ahead,” he added.

By Amy North

Source: Bakery Info

Mamma Dough to launch franchise model for nationwide rollout

April 12, 2021

South London pizza restaurant group Mamma Dough is launching a franchise model to help it expand across the country.

The group, which operates sites in the suburban London locations of Honor Oak Park, Brixton, Peckham, Ladywell, Sydenham, South Norwood and Tooting Bec, says the move is in a response to the expected boom in the London-restaurant scene post Covid.

Mamma Dough was founded in 2014 by Jake Harrison and has grown from its debut restaurant in Honor Oak Park to having seven sites in south London. It is now looking to extend its reach across the capital and around the UK in the coming years through franchising.

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“We’re looking for someone who fits with our ethos, as we want to be a partner at every step of the way,” says Harrison,

“We’ve already got brand awareness and industry credentials, so are looking for ambitious, hard working managers or head chefs or entrepreneurial people in general, who are looking to go into self-employment with the security of a brand who’s done it before.”

The company says it has been approached for franchising in the past and that the post lockdown environment, with people likely to choose to eat in neighbourhood locations as well as continue to order food to eat at home, means that the time is right to pursue such a model.  

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“We truly feel now is the right time for Mamma Dough to spread its wings and take our famous style of pizza to a wider audience,” adds Harrison.

“As a result of Covid and the efficiency games and business model reshape, Mamma Dough is now in a position to seriously explore the next step with franchising.”

Source: Big Hospitality

Bubblewrap sets out ambitious UK expansion plans

March 29, 2021

Instagram-favourite London waffle concept Bubblewrap is to expand across the UK with plans to grow to 25 stores over the next five years.

The brand, which has two stores in Chinatown and Covent Garden, has partnered with Seeds Consulting to begin franchising in the UK, central and western Europe and the Middle East.

Bubblewrap was founded by Tony Fang in 2015 and serves Hong Kong-style egg waffles with a wide variety of toppings. Its first Chinatown store launched in 2017 and fast became a social media sensation, with initial Facebook videos created by Time Out and Buzzfeed reaching 33 million views.

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According to Seeds Consulting’s website a typical Bubblewrap store could be an eat in, takeaway and delivery unit no larger than 700 sq ft in a busy high street, or a 300 sq ft kiosk in a regional shopping mall.

Fang said: “We operate in both the Capco and Shaftesbury estates successfully. We see a huge opportunity with other key landlords in shopping centres, high streets and leisure locations as they can benefit greatly from a unique and footfall-driving concept like Bubblewrap.

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“Before Covid, our business was flying. This has allowed us to survive in spite of being located in central shopping districts, and we are now best positioned to take advantage of the new market conditions to scale our brand in the UK and key regions like the GCC [Gulf Cooperation Council].”

Seeds Consulting is a food franchise consultancy founded by Matteo Frigeri and David Living in 2010 and also works with Benihana, Las Iguanas and FlowerBurger.

By Sophie Witts

Source: The Caterer

Wendy’s plans 20 UK sites as it prepares for nationwide rollout

March 5, 2021

US burger chain Wendy’s is ‘on track’ to begin opening restaurants in the UK in the coming months, with five sites expected to launch before the end of the year.

During a conference call yesterday (3 March), the group’s directors set out a plan to rollout the chain across the country with an aim of eventually reaching 20 company-owned sites.

Multiple locations have already been secured, with the chain also engaging with several potential franchise candidates to build the estate alongside corporate locations.

“We continue to make great progress towards our plan to expand into Europe and remain on track to begin opening restaurants in the UK in the first half of 2021,” said Wendy’s chief executive Todd Penegor.

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“We have built a top talent team on the ground, have multiple locations secured and are engaging with several potential franchise candidates to build out this market alongside us.

“International expansion remains critical to growing our Wendy’s footprint, and we believe that we have the plans and the partners in place to make this happen.”

Wendy’s has already confirmed that it plans to launch restaurants in Reading and Oxford​ in the coming months, marking the group’s first openings in the UK since it pulled out of the market 21 years ago.

It is also exploring additional opportunities in the London area.

The chain previously operated around 10 restaurants across the UK, including high-profile sites on Shaftesbury Avenue – which is now occupied by McDonald’s – and Oxford Circus.

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However, it made the decision to leave in 2000, surrendering its leases in order to concentrate on its domestic North American market.

“We’ll get about five company restaurants open in the UK in 2021,” added Penegor.

“We’re actively recruiting franchisees to build out that market along with us. We’ll continue to build company units into 2022 and supplement that with the franchisees that we’re recruiting to grow that market out.

“And that’s a couple of year journey to really start to solidify a good beachhead in the UK to really prove out the model for the broader European business.”

Founded in Ohio in 1969, Wendy’s has more than 6,700 outlets in 30 countries around the world.

By James McAllister

Source: Big Hospitality

Creams dessert café identifies key areas ripe for development

March 4, 2021

Creams, the dessert café brand, reports that it is seeking further franchisees nationwide to expand its current network from 91 outlets. The company has identified key development areas which include The Midlands, Yorkshire, North East, North West and Scotland.

The company says its tried-and-tested operation, with its own gelato factory and production site, provides franchisees with a national supply chain, economies of scale, and a flexible retail format to fit any location.

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Creams will offer franchisees a choice of three distinct store models – Creams Restaurant (1,400 sq.ft. +) in high street and retail park locations, Kiosk (800 sq.ft. +) smaller cafés in high footfall areas and Pop-Up (500 sq.ft. +) for service stations, transport hubs and shopping centres.

The company explains that franchisees will be fully assisted throughout the entire set-up process from build, fixtures, fittings and equipment through to training and help with recruitment. Franchisees will also be designated an Area Support Manager for ongoing guidance along with additional support from its new product development, marketing and public relations teams.

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Adam Mani, co-founder of Creams, comments: “Whilst we continue to grow the brand in London and the South ourselves and with our franchise partners, we have identified numerous national opportunities in the Midlands, North and Scotland, which will be enabled predominantly, although not exclusively, by working with franchise partners. We are looking for like-minded, experienced investors and multi-site operators who are just as passionate about desserts and innovation as we are.”

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Creams cafés offer customers a wide range of freshly prepared desserts ranging from waffles and crêpes to puddings and sundaes. The company has also introduced a doughnut range and a new savoury option of popcorn chicken waffle bites. All desserts, many of which can be made vegan, feature Creams’ own gelato, which is produced daily in East London.

In 2020 Creams said that it served more than five million customers and was recognised as one of the top 10 brands in The Top 100 Most Loved Eating Out (and Dining In) Brands 2020 by the research company, Savanta.

Source: Franchise World

Dunkin’ Donuts to open second Sheffield doughnut shop on Ecclesall Road THIS WEEK

March 2, 2021

There’s good news for anyone with a sweet tooth as a second Dunkin’ Donuts doughnut and coffee shop opens in Sheffield this week.

The city’s latest branch of the American fast food chain will open at the Berkeley Precinct on Ecclesall Road from 7am on Tuesday for takeaway and delivery.

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It will be located next to KFC following a shop refit and will serve customers from 7am to 8pm seven days a week.

Sheffield already has one Dunkin’ Donuts shop on Devonshire Street, with a franchise also located at Fox Valley Shopping Park in Stocksbridge.

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A company spokesperson said the world-famous doughnut chain, which launched in 1950 in Massachusetts, is rapidly expanding across the UK.

The Ecclesall Road store is the fifth to have opened nationally since November and the eleventh since the start of the first lockdown in March 2020.

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It is not known how many new jobs will be created.

By Steve Jones

Source: The Star

German Doner Kebab to open 47 new restaurants in the UK by the end of this year

February 24, 2021

Fast casual brand German Doner Kebab has announced it is on track to open 47 new restaurants in the UK by the end of 2021, almost doubling its portfolio.

German Doner Kebab has seen UK total sales in 2020 increase 81% from the previous 12 months and opened 12 restaurants last year. Same-store sales for 2020 were also up 51% on 2019.

Key locations in the expansion will include Manchester, Newcastle, Blackburn, Huddersfield, Stockport, Stirling and additional sites in London and Glasgow. Rich Collie, who joined from Nando’s as head of project management, will manage the build-out of the expansion plans.

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GDK employs 1,500 people in the UK, with a development pipeline of 350 franchise units over the next seven years.

The brand will forge ahead with international growth in 2021 with sites planned for Canada and US following the launch of its first restaurant in Ottawa. Further growth is also set to be announced for Ireland and Spain, as well as Saudi Arabia.

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Chief executive Imran Sayeed said: “The next 12 months are going to be extremely exciting for GDK as we expand our footprint and reach more consumers across the UK and our international growth regions.”

He added: “We have developed strong franchise relationships in key global locations and we are now working closely with our partners to take forward development plans and bring the German Doner Kebab experience to new regions.”

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German Doner Kebab opened its first restaurant in Berlin in 1989. Based in Glasgow, the brand is owned by the Hero Brands group.

By Katherine Price

Source: The Caterer

Wendy’s is opening its first branch in Britain in 21 years as American burger chain makes comeback

February 17, 2021

WENDY’S is making a comeback in Britain – 21 years after the American burger chain left.

Known for its square burgers, Wendy’s is planning to open two branches in the first half of this year and more are set to follow.

Wendy’s will open its first restaurant in Reading followed by a second in Oxford.

The fast food firm could also open locations in London, saying it is “exploring additional opportunities” in the capital.

The restaurant is actively looking for people to become franchise owners.

Franchises are owned and managed by an individual but under the umbrella of a well-known brand.

Wendy’s has not yet revealed how many locations it plans to open or how many jobs it will create.

Wendy’s is the third largest burger chain in the world after McDonald’s and Burger King, and already has 6,700 outlets in 30 countries around the world.

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Bosses first revealed Wendy’s was returning to British shores back in late 2019, when it told investors it would open its first outlets within 12-18 months.

This isn’t the first time Wendy’s has tried to cross the pond – it first came to the UK in the 1980s and 1990s, but decided to close all their UK stores in 1999.

Since then several American burger joints have successfully set up shop here, including Five Guys and Shake Shack.

A Wendy’s spokesperson said: “I can confirm that Wendy’s will be opening in the United Kingdom in the first half of this year.

“Our first location will be in Reading and I can also confirm that we will open a restaurant in Oxford.

“We are also exploring additional opportunities in the London area.

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“The brand is excited to enter the UK with Company owned and operated restaurants this year, and we are looking for franchisees to grow with us across the UK.”

Wendy’s was founded in Ohio, USA in 1969 and is now the world’s third largest burger chain after McDonald’s and Burger King.

The Wendy’s USA menu includes hamburgers, breakfast burgers, croissant bun burgers, chicken nuggets and more.

Wendy’s has not yet revealed what will appear on the menu in the UK.

Wendy’s has brought back its chicken burger to restaurants in America along with other fast food chains, sparking a “chicken burger war”.

In the UK many fast food chains like McDonald’s and KFC are yet to return to full menus, offering limited menus since the coronavirus pandemic started.

By Lynsey Barber

Source: The Sun

Camile Thai Kitchen has strengthened its executive board

February 15, 2021

Camile Thai Kitchen, the UK and Ireland Thai food chain, has made moves to strengthen its executive board with the appointment of Brian Caulfield and Andy McCue to the Camile board of directors.

McCue will take on the position of Non-Executive Chairman as part of the move. The company also plans to open up further locations in Ireland and abroad to be announced soon. Caulfield is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and angel investor, well-known in the Irish investment community.

Camile Thai Kitchen added that McCue served as CEO of Paddy Power, where he led the business, embedding a new growth strategy which delivered record revenues and profits. McCue was the last Irish bookmaker’s chief executive in 2015, when he led the company through its merger with betting exchange Betfair. After Paddy Power he joined The Restaurant Group plc as CEO. McCue brings plenty to the table, as he was responsible for purchasing the iconic Wagamama business for The Restaurant Group, as well as his experience with tech focussed Paddy Power.

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Brody Sweeney, founder and CEO of Camile, expressed his delight at both McCue and Caulfield joining the board: “We are really pleased to have attracted directors of the calibre of Brian and Andy to our board. It shows our serious ambitions for Camile Thai Kitchen and it’s future growth. I’m excited to officially welcome them both to our Camile Family.”

Speaking on his appointment Caulfield stated: “I am very excited at the opportunity to become a non-executive Director of the Camile board. As a Camile Thai Kitchen fan, it is amazing to see such a strong, and globally impactful company coming out of Dublin.”

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McCue said: “Camile provides a very exciting tech-focussed hospitality business model and I look forward to being given the opportunity to help Camile grow further.”

Sweeney added: “2020 has been a milestone year for Camile Thai Kitchen. With many restaurants suffering the consequences of pandemic restrictions, we were very fortunate to see a 59 per cent increase in systems sales in the UK and a 40 per cent increase in Ireland. We owe this to our largely suburban, delivery focussed business model. This growth has enabled us to proceed ahead of time with our drone and robotics-focused tech strategy.”

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The Orange Buffalo set for global expansion as it accelerates franchise plans

February 8, 2021

New York-style chicken wing brand The Orange Buffalo is accelerating plans for both national and global expansion after signing its first franchise partner in the UK.

The London-based street food operator, which currently operates a bricks and mortar restaurant in Tooting and food truck spots in Shoreditch and Hoxton Square, will open its first site under franchise later this year, with locations in Milton Keynes and St Albans both currently being considered.

Franchise advisor Whitney Myrus tells BigHospitality​ the chain could grow to 50 sites in the UK in the next five years, with talks also currently ongoing to establish global outposts in countries including the US, China, Gibraltar, Sweden, and Finland.

“This is a really exciting moment for The Orange Buffalo brand,” says Myrus.

“It’s a concept that has captured the imagination of so many people that we now have a pipeline of perspective franchise partners in the UK and around the world.”

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Myrus says that while the growth will primarily focus on expanding The Orange Buffalo as a restaurant concept, there will also be scope to launch food truck and dark kitchen locations.

It is hoped that at least 10 franchise partners will be signed in the UK before the end of the year.

The acceleration of The Orange Buffalo’s franchise plans follows a successful pivot to retail during the pandemic.

Having initially had to close all three of its locations at the onset of the first national lockdown, founders Nick White and Mike So began selling their house-made sauces and spices nationwide online alongside a range of bespoke merchandise.

“The surge in retail sales, particularly of the sauces, has driven so much franchise interest,” explains Myrus.

“And that’s what has ultimately led to us signing our first franchisee in the UK.

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“The last year has seen the sector absolutely decimated by the pandemic, but as we move out of this period of lockdown we’re going to see a huge resurgence.

“There are huge shifts happening in the commercial real estate market at the moment that will be really advantageous for smaller, nimble businesses like this.”

White and So founded The Orange Buffalo back in Shoreditch’s Truman Brewery back in 2012, and later expanded to Hoxton.

The pair went on to win the Double Award at London’s first Wingfest a year later, and in 2016 was named the Best Loved Restaurant prize at the Time Out Love London Awards.

They opened their first bricks and mortar restaurant in Tooting in the summer of 2019.

By James McAllister

Source: Big Hospitality