New franchisees set to launch multiple restaurants across the US for the UK’s fastest growing restaurant group
NEW YORK, June 29, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — As part of an aggressive expansion plan to North America, German Doner Kebab United States (GDK UNITED STATES) announced today that it has hired Robert Bray as Director of Operations and Marc Treptov as Director of Franchise Development, as well as recent hires Georgina Cavendishfinancial director and Darren Cooke as Marketing Director. GDK, with locations around the world since 1989, is known for its fresh kebab menu, savory store-prepared sauces and grilled homemade waffle bread.
Report to Nigel Belton, Managing Director of GDK North America, Bray has over 20 years of operations experience with YUM! Brands and was most recently senior regional franchise manager at Church’s Chicken. Treptow has franchised several emerging restaurant concepts such as Five Guys Burgers, Freshii and The Halal Guys into major national and international brands. Recent UK transplant Cavendish joins Island Poké – a division of parent company GDK Hero Brands – to support the brand and franchisees across North America. Cooke joins the team after holding international marketing positions for well-known brands such as Kroger, Virgin, Adidas, Starbucks and Google.
“As the global industry leader, GDK is revolutionizing the doner kebab experience, and we’re excited to bring our fresh, high-quality taste sensation to North Americans looking for a burger and sandwich alternative,” Belton said. “We have assembled a team of exceptional leaders with extensive experience in the food and beverage industry, and we are excited to use their expertise to help drive our continued growth.”
With its global headquarters in Glasgow, Scotland, GDK, is focused on providing its customers with fresh, premium quality ingredients at affordable prices. As the fastest growing fast food group in the UK, GDK has over 125 restaurants in the UK, Europethe Middle Eastand is now growing rapidly in the United States and Canada. GDK opened its first US site in from New Jersey American Dream Mall in 2021. In Canada, three locations are currently open; one in British Columbia and two in Ontario.
“It’s exciting to have the opportunity to shape the creation of processes, behaviors and relationships with our franchisees to help GDK grow in North America“As we continue our quest to bring the doner kebab feel to people, I look forward to creating a customer experience that will keep them coming back again and again for our fresh food and great service.”
The North American operation has ambitious growth plans for the United States as it prepares to open ten locations in 2022, including its first two in the United States. Houston Region, sugar country and Houston Heights, the company also announced. Clyde Foods has engaged as a multi-unit developer in Houstonan agreement that includes 15 restaurants over the next ten years and five establishments to open by 2025. In the dallas region, a franchisee signed a multi-unit agreement to develop five restaurants in dallas and its northern suburbs.
GDK New York franchisee has signed an agreement to develop 25 restaurants over 15 years, with six openings by the end of 2022. These strategic sites include Midtown Manhattan, brooklynand Astoria in Queens. In Canada, research is underway for additional sites in Mississauga, ON and Surrey, British Columbia.
German Doner Kebab is a fast and casual brand that is revolutionizing the market, providing customers with an upscale, high quality, and elevated dining experience compared to traditional kebabs. GDK has over 125 restaurants worldwide and is the fastest growing international restaurant
kebab brand in the world. GDK opened its first restaurant in Berlin in 1989 and spent the next decade developing its products and recipes, creating its own unique blend of spices, innovating its signature sauces, and perfecting its distinctive “doner kebab” handmade waffle toast. GDK’s gourmet kebabs are made from premium ingredients, succulent lean meats and locally produced fresh vegetables that are delivered and prepared daily with our handmade bread. With its global headquarters in Glasgow, Scotlandthe brand has grown at a breakneck pace in the UK, Europeand the Middle East and now expanding in the United States, Canada, Saudi Arabiaand Ireland. GDK is a subsidiary of the Hero Brands group. For more information, please visit germandonerkebab.com.
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