The franchisee for the Harry Ramsden’s chain in Yorkshire is eyeing up to 50 new store openings after receiving bank funding to get the expansion drive underway.
JVP Ventures, which became the first franchisee signed by the company, post-acquisition, this week opened the first of what it hopes will be many stores in Yorkshire.
The site in Shipley spans 1,000 square feet and marks the chain’s return to West Yorkshire. Additional restaurants are set to open in Huddersfield and Sheffield during the next few months.
Shashi Patel, owner of JVP Ventures, said: “Harry Ramsden’s is fantastic brand which serves up quality products that customers enjoy. It’s traditional fish and chips at its best and we are delighted to be bringing the brand to Shipley.”
JVP Ventures was provided with a “six-figure loan” by Nat West Bank as part of its association with the government-backed Funding For Lending programme.
Joe Teixeria, CEO of Harry Rasmden’s, said: “It has always been a dearly held ambition to bring the Harry Rasmden’s name back to Yorkshire so I am delighted that we are able to announce the opening of Shipley. It effectively represents deserved financial investment in the brand and more importantly suecures the Harry Ramsden’s Legacy locally.”