Wednesday, May 12, 2021

News: Fast-growing food firm looks to have doner deal for new Rotherham outlet

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Signs are that fast-growing, fast-casual brand, German Doner Kebab (GDK), has wrapped up a deal to take on a vacant retail unit in Rotherham.

Established in Germany over 30 years ago, the brand has built up to 76 restaurants in UK, Europe and Middle East, all selling high quality doner kebabs. The chain serves 100% lean succulent meat in handmade breads and crisp salad, with a choice of three signature sauces.

An ambitious UK expansion plan looks to include opening a new outlet in Rotherham and a planning application shows that GDK is hoping to open at Parkgate.

Scottish company, United Brands, took over the worldwide GDK brand and recently announced plans to open 47 new restaurants in the UK during 2021, bringing in the region of 1,800 new jobs throughout the country. It operates a franchise model.

In Rotherham, plans have been submitted for Unit 30 at Parkgate Shopping Centre, where the centre's owners are applying to operate the former Carphone Warehouse store as a restaurant. Change of use plans are no longer required due to an update in national policy, but planning and advertisement consent is required for extraction equipment, shopfront alterations and new signage.

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Rr Planning, consultants submitting the plans on behalf of RSGD (Rotherham) Limited, said: "The proposed scheme will be a positive addition in the street scene and will result in investment and job creation at a time when the high street is suffering."

GDK opened 12 more restaurants during 2020 and delivered a significant rise in UK total sales, up 81% from the previous 12 months. Same-store sales for 2020 were also up 51% on 2019.

Imran Sayeed, CEO of GDK, said: "We have been extremely agile during the Pandemic and there continues to be a huge demand for our game-changing kebabs.

"It is therefore very exciting to be announcing these latest growth plans for the next 12 months as we build on the great momentum we delivered during 2020.

"Our plans will almost double our portfolio and create in the region of 1800 jobs as we continue to disrupt the market space and maintain our mission of building the fast-casual brand of the future."

German Doner Kebab website

Images: GDK

7 comments:

Anonymous,  May 12, 2021 at 11:41 AM  

Council should be pushing for these sort of establishments to be in town centre, not Parkgate!

Ziggy,  May 12, 2021 at 11:43 AM  

Rr Planning, consultants submitting the plans on behalf of RSGD (Rotherham) Limited, said: "The proposed scheme will be a positive addition in the street scene and will result in investment and job creation at a time when the high street is suffering."

Hence this is part of the problem - the high street suffers further by this opening on a retail park. Not that its high quality, but it moves more footfall from the outlets in the town centre.

Anonymous,  May 12, 2021 at 1:17 PM  

The town centre already has lots of these establishments, drive around and have a look!

Anonymous,  May 12, 2021 at 2:35 PM  

Why expect better when, from the CE down, the council has a preponderance of morons as officers and the vast majority of members are similar. Totally lacking in common sense and vision. Don't expect it to get better.

Anonymous,  May 12, 2021 at 3:54 PM  

Why would they want to open in the town centre? There aren't any customers. If they weren't allowed to open at Parkgate they probably wouldn't bother opening in Rotherham at all.

Mr me May 12, 2021 at 7:46 PM  

Actually your wrong, town centre as very few of these establishments, what it dose have is takeaways dishing out similar fair, poor quality unhygenic rubbish what I wouldn't feed my dogs. Quality resteraunts are needed in town centre.

Anonymous,  May 12, 2021 at 7:48 PM  

Town centre will change when forge island is completed, the development will lead to other new bars opening.They should turn them down at Parkgate and insist on Town centre.

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