Fast-casual dining concept German Doner Kebab has announced plans to expand to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), with Vancouver and Ottawa locations in the pipeline.
The Scottish-headquartered restaurant business struck a deal with an established multi-branded franchisee which will see the brand open its first GTA outlet in June 2020.
The brand’s expansion into North America also continues in the U.S.A., with an expected three store openings by mid-2020.
GDK has opened 38 restaurants in the U.K. over the past two years and has a development pipeline of 350 franchise units in place over the next seven years.
That success has been mirrored in the latest franchise sales trend that reflected a like-for-like sales growth of approximately 50 per cent over the past year.
Nigel Belton, managing director for GDK North America, said: “We are extremely excited to press ahead with our significant growth plans that will allow the brand to develop a footprint of strategic restaurant locations throughout North America. We have already signed up five franchisees with a development pipeline of 75 stores.
“The GTA is an area of diversity and we can’t wait to put our plans into action. First impressions are vital, and we will stop at nothing to ensure GDK North America quickly becomes the household name that is already loved by our loyal legion of customers throughout Europe and the Middle East.”
The German Doner Kebab franchise business currently employs 500 people within the U.K. and operates franchised stores in Sweden, Dubai, Abu-Dhabi, Oman, and Bahrain.
German Doner Kebab has also recently announced plans to open 40 new restaurants in Ireland, while expansion plans are also in place for Saudi Arabia.