Smashburger readies for slew of UK kitchen builds

Smashburger UK interior

Smashburger, one of the fastest growing restaurant concepts in the US, is to embark on its next big push in the UK after acquiring five new restaurants.   

Sites have been acquired in Bath, Glasgow, Dunfermline, Wednesbury and Inverness, according to the firm, which saw a change in its UK management at the back end of last year.

The first of the new restaurants to open will be in Bath City Centre on Southgate Street in early May.

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The brand’s first Scottish restaurant will open in Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Centre in June, followed by a further two Scottish openings in Dunfermline in July and Inverness in November.

Smashburger will open at Junction 9 Retail Park in Wednesbury in the West Midlands in August 2017.

Three Smashburger UK restaurants have opened in the last nine months: the first in Milton Keynes’ Kingston Centre Retail Park followed by North Street in Brighton and, most recently, Newcastle’s intu Eldon Square Shopping Centre.

The group plan to open 10 restaurants in the UK over the next 12 months with a goal to open 35 UK restaurants by the end of 2020 to include London, Manchester, Cardiff, Leeds, Edinburgh, Reading and Colchester.

The burger chain first made its ambitions for the UK market known in April 2015.

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