TGI Friday’s appoints contractor for next two sites

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American-themed restaurant chain TGI Friday’s has appointed Dawnvale as its new main building contractor on two of its latest sites.

The Oldham-based contractor, which specialises in bar, kitchen and interior solutions for the hospitality industry, will oversee the development of new restaurants at the Birmingham NEC and then progress onto Newport once at completion.

The new Birmingham site will be based at the NEC’s Genting Resort World and will feature an open ‘island kitchen’, allowing guests to see their food cooked before their eyes. The first TGI Friday’s site opened in Birmingham Hagley Road almost 30 years ago.

The Newport site will be part of a new £100m Friars Walk development and will be the fourth TGI Friday’s restaurant to open in Wales, with two currently situated in Cardiff and the third in Swansea.

Dawnvale said it was excited to be taking on the additional responsibility and work hand-in-hand with the bar and kitchen fit-out.

TGI continues to expand its UK store footprint. In an interview with the Daily Telegraph earlier this year, managing director Karen Forrester revealed that by 2020 her aim is to double the size of its UK estate from the 60 stores it had at the beginning of last year.

A further 10 new restaurants are planned for 2016, meaning the chain will have added 35 sites since 2011.

“In the past three years we have opened more UK restaurants than at any time in TGI Fridays’ history,” she said in the interview. “Next year we’ll build on that.”

The TGI contract caps a string of recent successes in the casual dining market for Dawnvale. The Levi Roots Caribbean Smoke House has appointed it as the kitchen and bar manufacturer for its new Westfield London Restaurant, while Red’s True Barbecue has called on the firm to manage building works at its new 150-cover site in Liverpool.

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