Gourmet burger restaurant announces expansion
Premium burger restaurant the Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK) is set to expand its UK operation, with five new restaurants opening by February 2013 and plans for further expansion in the next financial year .
Since the company opened its first restaurant in London in 2001, it has increased to 53 stores nationwide. It has now announced that three new restaurants will be opened in December, situated in shopping centres at Brent Cross, Bath and Gateshead, as well as two resturants in the N1 Centre in Islington and a canal-side development in Birmingham, which will open in February next year. The company is also engaged in an ongoing refurbishment programme, to introduce open kitchens and artisan fittings.
Alasdair Murdoch, CEO, Gourmet Burger Kitchen said: “GBK has always aligned itself with delivering premium-quality burgers in a laid-back environment. We started in 2001 and the burger category has developed significantly since then. We want to provide a great experience for our customers, and the look and feel of our restaurants are a key aspect of that.”
Jason Boyce, senior portfolio manager at Henderson Global Investors (N1 centre, Islington), said: “This signing is the first step in a new leasing strategy for us. The food and beverage offer is becoming increasingly important in shopping centres globally. This new letting represents the introduction of a key restaurateur to our dining line-up at N1. It will expand our tenant mix in the centre, benefiting both retailers and consumers alike. GBK is taking space in a location with high footfall and we are certain they will trade well here.”
In 2010, GBK was sold by parent company Clapham House to the South African chicken restaurant chain Nando’s.
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