KFC in Epsom will open on Monday after 25-year absence

August 18, 2019

KFC is returning to Epsom after a 25-year absence.

Franchisee owners Iceking will run the world-famous fried chicken outlet on Epsom High Street.

The store is expected to open for business on Monday (August 19) at midday.

Iceking said they would be giving away 25 free meals to the first 25 people who entered the store on the day.

Commercial Director at Iceking Angelina Mouralidarane told the Comet the opening was particularly special due to the personal connection she and her family had to KFC’s presence in Epsom.

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“The first IceKing franchisee Jonathan — my father — first worked for KFC in Epsom over 20 years ago during the ’90s.

“Then it closed and KFC has not been in Epsom for the 25 years since then.

“So there’s a sentimental value to the brand with my father returning to open up this store in Epsom — it’s where he first had contact with the franchise,” Ms Mouralidarane said.

The Iceking director revealed that so far the new KFC outlet was employing 30 people in Epsom and hoped to create more jobs going forward.

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“We want to help the community and we’ve created over 30 jobs at the shop already,” Ms Mouralidarane pointed out.

She also revealed that they planned to donate £1,000 to Love Me Love My Mind, a mental health charity based in Epsom.

“We wanted a charity that was specifically about Epsom and serving that community.

“We also wanted to help a charity that might not have the means or get as much exposure as others do,” she said.

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The opening of the KFC outlet in Epsom was mooted in April last year, but stalled after Epsom and Ewell Borough Council (EEBC) initially opposed the plans.

The branch will be located at 17 High Street, Epsom.

By Orlando Jenkinson

Source: Surrey Comet

Does bubble tea sound like your cup of tea?

August 13, 2019

Chatime was the very first bubble tea shop to open in Norwich, located in the city centre on Dove Street. It opened in 2016 and has been serving bubble tea seven days a week ever since.

We spoke to Shell Pizzey, owner of Chatime in Norwich, to find out more about what bubble tea is, how it’s made and what flavours you can enjoy.

What is bubble tea?

Traditionally a milk tea, bubble tea has evolved into a refreshing fruit tea too. It can be served hot or cold, making it suitable all year around. Bubble tea straws are much thicker than a standard straw because they’re designed to allow you to consume the toppings as you’re drinking. In most bubble tea shops you’ll see a machine that seals the top of the cup with cellophane. This is great if you’re on the go because you don’t have to drink it straight away. When you’re ready, you can pierce the cellophane with your straw and enjoy.

Chatime Norwich offers a selection of bubble teas, coolers and mousses. Their bubble tea isn’t made with a powder, it’s a fresh tea and all ingredients are imported from Taiwan. There’s a secret to getting your straw through the seal. Shell told us: “The trick is to put your thumb over the top of the straw to make it airtight. That way, you won’t struggle to pierce the seal and it won’t spill out when you do.”

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When was it invented?

Bubble tea originated in Taiwan in the 80s, and is now available in countries all over the world. It was given the name ‘bubble tea’ because of the thick layer of foam that forms on the top after it’s shaken. The first Chatime store opened in 2010 in California, United States.

How is bubble tea made?

There are two main types of bubble tea, made with milk or without. “At Chatime Norwich our most popular milk teas are the Chatime milk tea, the chocolate milk tea, and our honeydew milk tea is really popular too. If you’d prefer a fruit tea, our passion fruit green tea and peach green tea are our customers’ favourites,” Shell told us.

What flavours and toppings are available?

There are toppings galore to choose from, it’s these toppings which make bubble tea unique. The original and most popular topping is tapioca balls, which are a starch made from the root of cassava plants. You can opt for one of the jelly or popping pearl toppings if tapioca balls aren’t to your taste. Shell said: “Our most popular topping is the tapioca balls for those who prefer a traditional bubble tea. We find our younger customers go for the popping pearls. These are available in many different flavours. From September 1 we are offering two new toppings, lychee popping pearls and grass jelly.”

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Is bubble tea suitable for vegetarians and vegans?

Bubble tea is typically suitable for vegetarians, but this depends on which toppings you have. Shell explains: “At Chatime Norwich, all of our toppings are suitable for vegetarians except pudding and mousse.” Some bubble teas are suitable for vegans because they can be made with dairy-free milk. Chatime creates vegan-friendly bubble tea using soy milk.


Keep an eye out for the special drinks that Chatime sell throughout the year. Currently they have two summer specials, green apple tea mojito and curacao tea mojito. Both of these are non-alcoholic and will be available until the end of the summer. Chatime is a global franchise, operating in 38 countries. Chatime Norwich offer a loyalty card that rewards you with a free topping once you’ve got six stamps and £3.20 off your order once your card is filled. It’s available on Deliveroo, and has been since opening. Shell said: “We have a lot of Deliveroo orders, it’s been very successful. We have an average rating of 4.8 out of five.”

By Charlotte McClure

Source: EDP24

Love Brownies café opens on Montpellier Parade

August 12, 2019

Love Brownies, Yorkshire’s rapidly expanding chocolate brownie business, will open the doors to its next venue on Montpellier Parade in Harrogate – on Thursday 8 August 2019.

The business was founded by Chantal Teal in 2009 and was initially an online shop. They opened their first shop in Ilkey during 2016 and have supplied many retail chains. There have been plans for a shop in Harrogate for a couple of years, but the business put time into developing a franchise model first.

The new shop overlooks the Crown roundabout and also has coffee, breakfast and lunches.

The Harrogate opening follows recent openings in Southgate, London, and a Brownie Barn in the Yorkshire Dales.

Love Brownies was founded in 2009 by Chantal Teal who is also the Head Baker at Love Brownies. Her impressive background includes five years spent studying catering and management and a further decade as a chef in restaurants around Europe, Australia and the United Kingdom.

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Starting out as an online gifting site and supplying a small number of retail outlets, the first shop was opened in 2016 in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, and quickly became a well-established venue offering delicious luxury chocolate brownies, cakes and beautifully packaged chocolate gifts along with freshly brewed coffee.

Now operating a franchise model, Love Brownies has outgrown its original kitchen (which is now a larger café) and opened a commercial kitchen right in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Accompanied by a beautiful café for walkers and cyclists, this is the heart of the organisation and where the magic happens! With capacity for producing 10,000 brownies per day, all locations are supplied with hand-made brownies on a next day delivery basis, ensuring fresh, top-quality brownies at every single venue.

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Owner and head baker Chantal Teal commented:

We’re delighted to be introducing Love Brownies to Harrogate. We’re extremely proud of our Yorkshire roots and source as many of our ingredients as possible from local suppliers. It’s fabulous that we can showcase this in this beautiful spa town.

We can’t wait to welcome locals and tourists looking for a lunch stop or a special treat.

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John Fox, chairman of the Harrogate BID, said:

Having businesses new-to-the-town open is always good news. Love Brownies has, since opening, a track record of growth and Harrogate will now be part of that ongoing development.

it also adds to the vibrant Montpellier Quarter, an area that has very varied retail, food and drink offering.

Source: Harrogate News

Pepe’s Bolton ‘is trading well’ under new franchise holder

August 5, 2019

The Bolton News reported yesterday how the town’s Pepe’s restaurant may be closing but that is not the case.

The Piri Piri restaurant, in The Vaults, at Market Place, which first opened in 2016 at the shopping centre, has continued to trade while the ownership has been transferred to a new franchise holder.

A spokesman for the new franchise holders said that the lease for the flame-grilled chicken restaurant was transferred previously and is trading well.

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Their menu there still includes a range of classic burgers, wraps, pittas and salads, alongside their patented Piri Piri chicken strips, wings and legs.

Pepe’s, which first launched in the UK in 2004 when the Piri Piri market was still in its infancy, now has 94 stores nationwide, with the most recent outlet opening in the Gorgie Road area of Edinburgh.

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Another is also pencilled in for a launch soon in the Leicestershire town of Loughborough.

By Peter Magill

Source: The Bolton News

An historic location for Wolf’s Italian street food chain

August 3, 2019

The UK Italian street food chain, Wolf that offers fresh, healthy Italian meals has welcomed franchisee, Ehsan Shammasizadeh, who is opening a 55-seater outlet in the centre of Nottingham in the city’s historic listed Market Street building.

The company says that its brand taps into the nation’s love for authentic Italian cuisine and its all-day dining concept serves traditional favourites, with the option for customers to choose bespoke dishes, all of which can be enjoyed in the restaurant or on the go.

Wolf also offers customers its own brand coffee and ‘build your own lunchtime dishes’ that include the ‘piada’ – its signature flatbread with a choice of marinated protein, Italian sauces, deli toppings and salad.

The Nottingham franchise is the eighth store for the chain, which already operates from seven existing sites in Chiswick, Leeds. Manchester, Reading and Wembley.

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Wolf has been advised on its franchise roll-out by Fraser Brown Solicitors, who have been working with the company since 2017 on the legal aspects of operating a growing franchised network.

Fiona Boswell, partner and head of franchising and commercial services and James Woodward, senior associate in commercial property at Fraser Brown Solicitors, advised on the Nottingham site and secured the lease for the franchisee.

Tim Entwistle of Wolf Italian Street Food, said: “With franchises all over the UK opened with the contract roll-out assistance of Fraser Brown, moving to Nottingham felt like the next natural step for us and we’re thrilled to be opening our doors in the heart of this established city.

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“Our new central, historic location is ideal with its high ceilings and large open spaces and we aim to recreate a chilled space for our customers to dwell in.

“Our food is inspired by our Italian chef who uses the finest, local produce aimed at people that want great tasting food that’s also good for them, and we aim to make authentic and fresh Italian dishes that are versatile and accessible all-day.”

Franchisee Shammasizadeh, added: “From a franchising perspective Wolf is a strong, innovative brand with a simplistic and fresh concept that will be well received in Nottingham and Market Street is ideal for reaching city residents, visitors and the student population.

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“The building itself is built to accommodate not only those looking for all-day eating occasions but also for evening events such as open mic nights and talent shows. We envisage Wolf being a hub to celebrate talent and creativity.”

Wolf plans to open further outlets this year in Manchester and Glasgow.

Source: Franchise World

Greggs and Burger King among new stores confirmed for new Fulwood Central retail park

August 1, 2019

Preston’s newest retail park has revealed the identity of a number of new stores that are due to open at the Fulwood site within weeks. Officially known as Fulwood Central, the retail park off Eastway erected new signage on Monday unveiling some very familiar names and logos. For the first time, it can be revealed that Fulwood Central will boast a new Greggs, Burger King, B & M and Indigo Sun.

The new outlets will join the already-confirmed and eagerly anticipated Aldi store, Costa Coffee drive-thru and Subway.

The addition of Burger King is somewhat of a surprise, since the fast-food chain recently denied any plans to open a restaurant at the site.

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Just last month, a spokesman for Burger King said: “We do not currently have any information regarding a restaurant at this location.”

Burger King will compete with fast-food rival and bakery chain Greggs, who will move into a unit nearby.

They will face competition from Subway, Britain’s fastest growing food franchise, which confirmed plans to move onto the new retail park in June.

New arrival B & M will take over one of the largest units at the site, next door to the new Aldi which opens on Thursday, August 1 at 8am.

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Indigo Sun, a tanning salon with branches across the UK, will also join the growing list of household names confirmed for the park.

The announcement of the latest additions to Fulwood Central means just four units remain – one large unit and three smaller units.

Construction is still ongoing at the site and no opening dates have been confirmed, with the exception of Aldi, which opens its doors on Thursday (August 1).

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A scheme for a mini retail park in Fulwood has been on the radar of Preston Council planning officers for several years with outline planning permission granted back in 2015. Access to the site will be from Oliver’s Place only.


Source: LEP

Worcester fast-food eatery granted license to sell late-night refreshments until 2am

July 30, 2019

A FAST-food restaurant, Pepe’s Piri Piri, has been granted a licence to sell late-night refreshments.

Pepe’s Piri Piri in Lowesmoor, Worcester, was granted the licence in May, after the owner Mutaher Shah, submitted the application the previous month.

This means the eatery is now allowed to serve hot food and non-alcoholic beverages until 2am every day, rather than 11pm, according to the licence record.

Mr Shah, aged 44 said: “It’s been good to open up later to the public. After a late night they can rely on Pepe’s.

“Business has been excellent. It’s definitely been ideal staying open later.”

Mr Shah, from Redditch added: “There’s a lot of nice people in Lowesmoor. It’s up and coming.

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“It’s all about working together as a team and suggesting different places to customers to help other businesses in the strip.

“There’s movement here. Things are changing. This is the gateway to the city.”

As part of the application, submitted by United LA Ltd, there are several mandatory conditions that must be followed as part of its operating schedule.

One of the conditions include the protection of children from harm, which will be supported by all staff who will be safeguard trained in relation to under 18s.

A training record must also be kept on the premises to be represented for inspection to police or regulating authority upon request.

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No alcohol is allowed on site, and notices will be displayed around the venue asking customers to leave the restaurant quietly.

A log book documenting all incidents of crime and disorder must be kept and updated.

A password protected CCTV system will be in operation whilst the venue is open and will be given to police if requested, while a trained staff member will be there at all times who can produce viewable copies.

The franchise chicken restaurant opened its doors in August last year, where the former Worcester mayor, Jabba Riaz, joined Mr Shah for the official opening.

By Grace Walton

Source: Worcester News

GDK’s growth plan as it hits £1m kebab weekly sales

July 29, 2019

German Doner Kebab (GDK) has announced it is embarking on a major expansion plan for the UK, which will see an investment of over £6m and the creation of around 200 jobs, as it aims to open a new restaurant every two weeks during the rest of 2019.

The Glasgow-based chain, part of Hero Brands, has in the past two years opened 33 outlets in the UK and plans to open a further 14 stores by the end of the year in key locations including Bradford, Newcastle, Northampton and Walsall.

Imran Sayeed, chief executive of GDK, said: “We are excited to be announcing major expansion plans for the UK as we bring the GDK fast casual experience to even more consumers throughout the country. It’s incredible to be hitting £1m kebab sales a week as we announce further growth plans across the country.

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“Our idea of bringing a gourmet kebab that is healthy and nutritionally balanced 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 our focus will be to work closely with them to identify new sites and respond to the growing consumer demand across the UK.”

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International growth plans

GDK has also announced international growth plans for North America, with franchises already signed for Ontario and British Columbia provinces, Canada. The company adds that a large U.S. franchise operator has additionally signed a development agreement for an initial 12 GDK’s in Dallas, Houston, and Las Vegas, which will be rolled-out over the next two years.

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Outside the UK, GDK currently operates stores in Sweden, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Oman and Bahrain, with further stores scheduled for the Middle East in Saudi Arabia.

Source: Franchise World

Taco Bell is opening in Hull and there are jobs available

July 28, 2019

Taco Bell is coming to Hull.

The American fast food chain is currently advertising for jobs at a new restaurant in Hull, meaning it will be the first Taco Bell in East Yorkshire.

Taco Bell serves Mexican-inspired food including burritos, tacos, nachos, fully loaded fries, quesadillas, Mexican rice and more, and it will be opening near St Andrew’s Quay.

The chain is currently advertising for a restaurant manager and assistant manager at the new restaurant planned for Brighton Street, near KFC and the Red Sails pub.

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It is not known when the restaurant will open, but salaries for the roles advertised range from £22,500 to £28,500 per year.

The job advert on Indeed says: “Fantastic opportunity now available for determined / dynamic and hardworking individuals to help lead our brand in our brand new Hull restaurant in Brighton St HU3 4HA.

“Famous for our great values and culture we are now looking for managerial talent to help spearhead our expansion in the Yorkshire market.

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“We are looking for a confident / enthusiastic individual who enjoys working at fast pace, delivering fantastic customer service and hospitality to our fans in Hull.

“Taco Bell has nearly 6,000 restaurants worldwide and one of the fastest expanding restaurant chains in the UK.

“We offer outstanding opportunities for individuals who want to build a career with a major franchise in the UK.

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“Working at Taco Bell isn’t just another job in fast-food, we put people first and is run by people who know and love the brand, the restaurant business and passionate about delivering a great customer experience.”

The nearest Taco Bells to Hull are currently in Cleethorpes, York and Doncaster.

By Hannah Robinson

Source: Hull Daily Mail

Burger bar founder speaks out as Reading restaurant closes after six months

July 24, 2019

The founder of Miami Burger, a 100 per cent vegan burger joint in Reading, has spoken out after the restaurant closed just six months after opening.

Miami Burger closed down in The Oracle on Thursday, July 18, and now its founder, Tom Bursnall, has explained why.

Mr Bursnall said he had ambitious plans for the restaurant but didn’t get the customers needed to sustain it.

He now has an ambitious vision to sell his burgers by delivery, at supermarkets and plans to franchise out new restaurants when the time is right.

Mr Bursnall said: “When we started we had the full intention of being permanent and long term.

“Three months in we were getting a very loyal base of customers, but it was too narrow to sustain the very large rent in The Oracle.

“We didn’t quite get the sales we wanted in Reading.

“We would’ve liked to have stayed there longer.

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“Several months ago we realised we’re not getting the numbers we needed, so we changed it into a test kitchen.”

At the restaurant’s opening, 50 jobs were created, most of which on a part time basis. Mr Bursnall said staff were told of the upcoming closure.

He said: “The staff knew about it many weeks ago.

“We’ve manage to keep some on, in terms of food development as well as in terms creating additional products, such as brining out mayo and coleslaw which we developed in the last few months.

“It has been a great learning curve for us.

“Some things didn’t work, like our dessert bars.

“We were trying to put health at the forefront, but sometimes ideas don’t come through.”

Mr Bursnall apologised to his customers for the closure. Hesaid: “Sorry it couldn’t stay longer. Id’ like to say thanks to our very loyal customers.

“Unfortunately there wasn’t enough of them to cover the costs.

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“Rent and rates can be very brutal on a business.

“We’re not blaming the landlord and we’re not blaming the customers, it’s expensive to do business with purely plant based food.

“Thanks to those who supported us, I really appreciated the loyalty.”

Miami Burger is currently being sold in Morrisons stores.

Vegans can buy a classic Miami Burger, a ‘Louisiana Chick’n Burger’ and a ‘True Veg Burger’ in the frozen section of more than 280 stores.

The burgers are available online and at the Morrisons in Basingstoke Road, Reading, Berkshire.

Mr Bursnall said that he has been contacted by the D&D and Patty & Bun chains to sell his burgers in locations in the future.

And he hasn’t ruled out franchise agreements, so we could be seeing a Miami Burger restaurant pop up again.

Miami Burger is also in the process of partnering with another company to sell the plant-based burgers across the UK via UberEats.

By James Aldridge

Source: Get Reading