Wendy’s is making a return to these shores.
Comebacks are a tricky business: just look at Gareth Bale and Tottenham. Nevertheless, a bid to recapture and even exceed past glories is a powerful instinct, and US fast food chain Wendy’s is the latest to embark on just such an adventure. The burgers-and-nuggs outlet has already secured sites in Reading (which is set to open on June 2) and Oxford, as reported earlier this year, and now it appears they’ll continue their journey along the M4 by launching new London sites in Stratford and Croydon.
It’s excellent news for anyone who’s already done the Shake Shack-Five Guys-Wahlburgers route and is looking for a new burger joint to try. It is not, however, the first time we’ve seen Wendy’s in London; previous franchises could be found around Oxford Circus and Shaftesbury Avenue in the 1990s, although the final UK-based Wendy’s closed in 2000. Still, they’ve decided the time is right for another go, and like many a chain before them, they’re actively looking for London spots to open – put of a rumoured push to launch twenty UK restaurants in the next eighteen months.
One of those is the Stratford restaurant, which has just been confirmed as the first branch to open in London later this year. Following Stratford will likely be Croydon; multiple reports indicate the chain has submitted planning permission for a site near East Croydon station, within the former Barclays Bank at Norfolk House. That actually puts the second location within spitting distance of a Taco Bell, the aforementioned Five Guys, and BOXPARK Croydon, so there’ll be stiff competition around these parts. Regardless, they’ll need to bring something special to crack the list of London’s best burger joints, but with a cult following and decent name recognition behind them, I’d wager you’ll be seeing them around London’s tourist spots before long.
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