German Doner Kebab plans to open 78 new restaurants this year, creating almost 3,000 jobs.
The Glasgow-based chain said it will grow to 170 restaurants across the UK this year, after opening 39 restaurants last year, despite pandemic disruption.
The new growth plan will take the brand to Aberdeen, Leeds, Brighton, Portsmouth, Great Yarmouth, Stoke, as well as additional sites in London and Glasgow.
Last year, the group reported a 75% jump in total sales, along with a 27% rise in same store sales during 2021, compared with the previous year.
Chief executive Imran Sayeed said: “We have been extremely agile during the pandemic, listening to the needs of our customers and responding to the huge demand.
“This has enabled us to build greater levels of brand awareness and customer loyalty as we bring the German Doner Kebab experience to more cities and towns throughout the UK.”
The business currently employs around 3,500 over the UK and plans to add another 2,900 workers this year.
The chain also highlighted a development pipeline of 350 sites it hopes to open over the next seven years.
It also operates over 80 restaurants elsewhere across the world, with the firm also planning a further 11 North American openings in 2022, as well as its first site in Saudi Arabia.
Sayeed added: “We have developed strong franchise relationships in strategic global locations and we are now working closely with our partners to take forward development plans and expand our reach into new regions.”
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