US diner Wendy’s is set to open its doors in Essex as part of its UK expansion.
The fast-food chain, which specialises in burgers and fried food, has confirmed it will be opened in Romford as well as Croydon and Oxford by the end of next year.
These three restaurants are expected to open by the end of the year with a second store in Stratford, East London, opening on August 27, The Mirror reports.
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Wendy’s marked their 21-year UK comeback, since closing its last UK store in 1999, when they opened a restaurant in Reading in June.
People in Essex can expect the brand’s signature US fan favourites including the Baconator, Dave’s Single, spicy chicken sandwich and the iconic Frosty dessert, alongside the UK exclusives – the veggie stack, veggie bites, and avocado veggie salad.
Wendy’s, which is the third-largest burger chain in the world after McDonald’s and Burger King, already has 6,700 outlets in 30 countries around the world.
Bosses first revealed the firm was returning to British shores in late 2019, when it told investors it would open its first outlets within 12-18 months.
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Wendy’s will challenge other American imports like Five Guys and Shake Shack which have emerged in the UK in the past decade.
The restaurant is actively looking for people to become franchise owners – these are essentially tenants that can run the restaurants on the high street.
A Wendy’s spokesperson previously 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.
“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.”
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