Wendy’s is making a comeback with three restaurants in the pipeline

Retro diner chain Wendy’s is making a comeback to English high streets for the first time in 21 years.

The American-owned burger chain plans to open three restaurants within the first half of the year.

The first store will open in Reading in a few months, with plans to open another one in Oxford – the company is also “exploring additional opportunities” in London too.

It is the third largest burger chain in the world after McDonald’s and Burger King, and has 6,700 outlets in 30 countries, The Mirror reports.

Bosses first revealed the firm was returning to British shores in late 2019, when it told investors it would open its first outlets within 12-18 months.

The new Wendy’s restaurant under construction in Reading
(Image: Berkshire Live – Grahame Larter)

This isn’t the first time Wendy’s has tried to cross the pond – it first came to the UK in the 1980s and 1990s, but decided to close all their UK stores in 1999.

It joins fresh competition from American rivals Five Guys and Shake Shack which have emerged in the UK in the past decade.

A Wendy’s spokesperson said: “I can confirm that Wendy’s will be opening in the United Kingdom in the first half of this year.

“Our first location will be in Reading and I can also confirm that we will open a restaurant in Oxford.

“We are also exploring additional opportunities in the London area.

“The brand is excited to enter the UK with Company owned and operated restaurants this year, and we are looking for franchisees to grow with us across the UK.”

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