Thursday, March 22, 2018

News: Fast food firm targets Rotherham suburb

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Hungry for further growth, QFM Group, the Sheffield-based developer and operator of a number of fast food franchises, is progressing plans for two new outlets in Wickersley, Rotherham.

QFM Group is one of the largest franchise companies in the UK and was founded in 1982 when it opened its first restaurant in Sheffield. It now has a chain of quick service restaurants and is continuing to grow with a current expansion programme.

Operating from sites in Manvers, Canklow, Parkgate, Eastwood and the town centre in Rotherham, the company is now targeting the suburb of Wickersley, submitting a planning application for new premises close to The Tanyard shopping centre.

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Formerly used by second-hand store, TiroBaggi and Edward Healy & Sons, a provider of shoe repair materials, plans for the Bawtry Road property, drawn up by SSA Planning, show how the ground floor could be subdivided into a shop and a café.

No operators have been announced but the QFM Group operates world renowned brands such as KFC, Costa Coffee and Taco Bell.

The plans also include proposals to demolish the first storey and erect a two storey vertical extension to the rear which would contain four new apartments. Eight parking spaces are proposed.

Nearly 1,800 sq ft of space would be created for the café and 2,300 sq ft for the shop. If approved, the development would create an estimated four full time and 16 part time jobs.

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Operating since 1843, family firm, Edward Healy & Sons were the original founders of the renowned "Benchmark" shoe repair materials, offering these as well as many other well known products. Brothers Robin and Tim Healy retired in 2016 and the firm was incorporated into Savvas Georgiou Wholesalers.

QFM Group website

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