GDK opens 100th UK restaurant
German Doner Kebab (GDK) recently reached the major milestone of opening its 100th UK restaurant. The landmark site is based on St. Martins Lane in the heart of Covent Garden.
The outlet opens as GDK forges ahead with plans to open 78 new stores in the UK during 2022, building significantly on the 39 it delivered during 2021. Now employing over 3,500 people in its restaurants across the country, the brand boasts a development pipeline of 350 franchise units over the next seven years and has delivered a significant rise in UK total sales in 2021, up 75% from the previous 12 months.
GDK CEO Imran Sayeed said: “Opening our 100th UK restaurant is a landmark moment in the German Doner Kebab story, but we are not stopping there. Our goal for 2022 is to almost double our UK portfolio and continue our mission to bring the GDK experience to more cities and towns throughout the UK.
“We are now looking forward to forging ahead with our growth strategy and developing GDK as the fast-casual brand of the future, bringing a fresh and exciting alternative to the gen z and millennial audience.”
Based in Glasgow, Scotland, the brand has grown at great pace in the UK, Sweden and the Middle East. It is now rapidly expanding in the US, Canada, Saudi Arabia and across other key locations in Europe.