Ex-Nando’s project chief to spearhead restaurant and kitchen fit-outs at fast-growing chain

Rich Collie, head of project management

Fast casual chain German Doner Kebab has boosted its UK roll-out plans by hiring former Nando’s project manager Rich Collie as its new head of project management.

Mr Collie, who was involved in opening new Nando’s restaurants over the last eight years, will bring considerable experience of supply chain and kitchen contracts to the role.

At German Doner Kebab, he will be in charge of managing the build-out of the chain’s restaurant expansion plans throughout the UK.

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Mr Collie will be responsible for the delivery of new restaurant fit-outs, liaising with contractors and consultants to meet brand standards and launch schedules.

He will also be charged with building and maintaining close relationships with the company’s multi-unit franchise partners as they develop their respective restaurant portfolios.

German Doner Kebab recently announced that it will have opened 12 new restaurants in the UK by the end of 2020, creating around 480 jobs in the process.

The brand also plans to open 40 restaurants during 2021 and boasts a development pipeline of 350 franchise units over the next seven years.

Imran Sayeed, CEO of German Doner Kebab, said: “We are excited to be bringing Rich into the German Doner Kebab family as we maintain our mission of building the fast-casual brand of the future.

“We are currently building further momentum in our plans for growth and have developed a strong growth pipeline with some of the UK’s most established franchise entrepreneurs.

“Rich truly strengthens our team and will be a key asset for us as we expand our restaurant footprint and develop the relationships with our multi-unit franchise partners as we forge ahead with our ambitions for growth.”

Mr Collie boasts almost two decades of experience in the UK leisure and hospitality industry.

During his time at Nando’s he was involved in new restaurant expansion during one of the busiest periods of its growth, including the launch of the company’s first sustainable restaurant.

He said: “It’s very exciting to be joining German Doner Kebab as it enters a new period of relentless growth. The brand has truly disrupted the fast-casual space in the UK and there is huge consumer demand throughout the country.

“GDK’s growth ambitions are second to none and I look forward to contributing to the success of the business as it matures and brings the German Doner Kebab experience to even more people across the UK.”

German Doner Kebab currently has 48 restaurants in the UK and employs more than 1,500 staff.

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