“Healthy kebab” franchise looks to spice up UK market with expansion plans

German Doner Kebab is set to open 92 new franchise stores over the next three years, and recently launched in North West London

German Doner Kebab (GDK), a “healthy” kebab franchise, is looking for franchisees to help open 92 UK stores over the next three years.

Created in Germany in 1989, a GDK kebab claims to have less than half the calories of a regular kebab, as it uses 100% lean halal meat, alongside handmade breads and ‘signature sauces’.

The food franchise has recently launched in Kilburn, North West London by Fahad Yusaf and Safwan Adam and has franchises in 10 countries in Europe and the Middle East – with plans to open in the US in the near future.

GDK concept is primarily a sit-in restaurant, as well as providing a take away service, with a 60:40 split predicted.

For aspiring franchisees, the total investment required is between £140,000 to £200,000 depending on the size of the restaurant, which can range from 800 to 2000 sq. feet – while there is also a kiosk option of 350-600 sq. foot.

Yusaf said: “We chose Kilburn as it is a very busy, multi-cultural borough of London, famed for its lively community and diverse range of eateries. We see it as the perfect location to open our first GDK outlet. In the future we hope to open a cluster of stores around this area so we can introduce the German engineered kebab to as many people as possible.”

Imran Sayeed, GDK UK CEO, said: “We are looking for franchisees right across the UK. GDK is a very simple franchise to operate as it does not require a qualified chef to prepare the meals, it’s more a case of assembling the ingredients…. the German Engineered Kebab.”

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