Wendy's Is Reopening Here For the First Time in Two Decades
During the summer of 2020, Wendy's Company announced that it is hoping to return to the U.K. after a 20-year absence, and the news was recently confirmed with new details. In the coming months, the chain will open locations in Reading and Oxford, and locations in London are being looked into next, according to The Sun.
Wendy's confirmed that the two inaugural locations will be company-operated while the company explores franchising opportunities in the country. (Related: The One Vitamin Doctors Are Urging Everyone to Take Right Now.)
The fast-food chain began opening restaurants in the U.K. in the early 1980s, but by the year 1999, all of the locations had been shuttered and Wendy's pulled out of the country altogether. Now, after several successful years on its home turf, which saw launches of iconic products that have been embraced by fans and critics alike, the brand is ready to re-enter the market with new vigor.
Wendy's is the 7th largest restaurant chain in the United States in terms of annual revenue, and at present has more than 6,500 locations spread across 29 countries, according to the Wendy's Company's Global Growth Vision statement.
In the U.K., it will join numerous other American fast-food chains, including McDonald's, Shake Shack, Five Guys, KFC, Domino's, Subway, and Pizza Hut. For more on Wendy's, check out Wendy's Just Teased These Two Menu Additions for 2021, and don't forget to sign up for our newsletter to get the latest restaurant news delivered straight to your inbox.