Fast food chain Burger King to open 200 new restaurants in the UK over the next five years

BURGER King is set to open 200 new restaurants in the UK over the next five years after reporting a jump in sales and profit recovery.

Monday, 25th April 2022, 7:29 pm

The fast food chain said its continued expansion strategy over the past year helped it post rising revenues in 2021 as it also benefited from the easing of pandemic rules.

It said total revenues climbed by 68 per cent to £211.7m compared with the previous year, as like-for-like sales lifted by 46 per cent.

Burger King UK said it also benefited from the addition of 48 new owned restaurants last year.

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Burger King fast food restaurant in Commercial Road precinct in Portsmouth, on the corner of Crasswell Street. PICTURE: MICHAEL SCADDAN (071395-0108)

It said this included 19 new restaurant openings as well as the acquisition of 29 sites from franchisees, including its flagship Leicester Square location.

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The company said it plans to open 200 more sites by 2026 and already has ‘good visibility’ regarding a pipeline of potential locations.

Meanwhile, it swung to a £33.4m operating profit for the year, compared with a £7.5 million loss in 2020.

Chief executive Alasdair Murdoch said: ‘Burger King UK delivered a strong performance in 2021, proactively managing Covid-19 headwinds through investment in digital sales, including home delivery, and continued restaurant expansion with a focus on drive thru.

‘Both delivery and drive thru sales were strong throughout 2021 and will remain key areas of focus as we execute on our growth strategy.

‘We have a strong development pipeline to further grow our UK footprint, and we are very well positioned to take advantage of the clear market opportunities ahead of us.

‘I would like to thank all of our employees for their ongoing dedication and hard work, without which our ongoing growth would not be possible.’