POWER LIST 2016, CHAIN CHAMPIONS: Keith Bird, Chief Operating Officer, Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK)

Gourmet Burger Kitchen

As an operations executive, you want to be working for a brand that is constantly looking to expand and evolve itself, and that’s certainly the case for Keith Bird.

It’s been a momentous year for Gourmet Burger Kitchen as it has pushed on with site growth to edge past the 70-store mark and taken back ownership of five GBK stores in the Irish market. It has pledged to invest more than £3m in a refurbishment programme to upgrade all five sites as part of a strategy to up the ante in the Emerald Isle. keith-bird-person

“Whilst we are investing into the current restaurants, we’re also actively looking for more sites in Dublin and further afield, with a view to growing by one or two restaurants a year over the next five years,” reveals Keith.

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Of course, the biggest news involving the burger chain came just recently when GBK announced it will move forward under the parentage of South African foodservice giant Famous Brands following a £120m takeover.

The acquisition rationale is particularly compelling for the new owner as GBK can offer a differentiated, flexible fast casual business model, providing access to its products across a range of channels: eat-in and take away service, online delivery and GBK-branded food products in retail outlets.

Company: Gourmet Burger Kitchen (GBK)
Address: 1 Lindsey Street, Suite C Second Floor, London, EC1A 9HP
Tel: 0345 450 8937
Twitter: @gbkburgers
Focus: Burgers

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