Wendy's, US burger chain will return to the UK after 20 years
Author: Sarah Akomanyi | Sunday 9th May 2021
US burger chain Wendy's is returning to the UK after 20 years. They make a promise to do better than their rivals McDonald's and Burger King. The chain was founded in 1969 in Ohio and now has 6,800 outlets. It is listed on Wall Street with a valuation of $5bn (£3.6bn).
There are plans to open up to 400 stores nationwide and create at least 12,000 jobs.
Abigail Pringle, Wendy's chief development officer, said in media interviews over the weekend that with the UK burger and takeaway market growing the time was right for a return.
A statement said: "The UK launch will spearhead a European-wide expansion as Wendy's looks to build on strong growth on the other side of the Atlantic, where the brand last year dethroned Burger King to become the No 2 player in the US hamburger market."
The first Wendy's store will open next month in Reading. After that, there will be an outlet in Stratford and Oxford. There will also be vegetarian options too.
Wendy’s will also be partnering with Uber Eats to provide delivery options.