First new Burger King site for S Wales in ten years opens

Union Burger's first new Burger King ready for business in Newport as Friars Walk opens

17 November 2015

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Cooke & Arkwright acted on behalf of franchisee Union Burger, to find and negotiate the terms on its first new Burger King restaurant to be opened in the last ten years. The former Halifax bank at 25-26 Commercial Street in Newport has been converted into a Burger King restaurant sporting one of the latest interior design concepts currently available for the Burger King brand.

The 1800 sq ft site was ready for business in time for the opening of the new Friars Walk shopping centre development situated in the heart of Newport, and created at least 35 new jobs.

Union Burger, owned by brother and sister Kim Jenkins and Chris Baker, currently runs ten Burger King outlets across South Wales and the Midlands and is planning on opening several new sites in the near future.

Huw Thomas, director at Cooke & Arkwright, who is retained to acquire new sites on behalf of Union Burger, said: “The new venture is the first time Burger King has opened in the City of Newport and hopefully it will spearhead Union Burger’s expansion drive across the region. We’re pleased to have been able to find suitable premises for Union Burger to grow its business and enable Burger King to expand its restaurant offering in South Wales.”

Kim Jenkins, company director at Union Burger said: “My brother and I have been anxious to expand our business since we purchased the company in 2013 and when we saw the Commercial Street site we immediately knew it was right for us. It’s exciting to be opening our first new Burger King restaurant in over a decade. It seemed like the perfect time to set up a new franchise in Newport, especially with the Friars Walk development opening . We’re also looking into opening up several new sites across South Wales in the near future.”

The site opened on 2nd November, with terms on other sites across South Wales currently being negotiated by Cooke & Arkwright.

Cooke & Arkwright represented Union Burger Ltd, and David Williams of Emanuel Jones represented the landlord.

Cooke & Arkwright have provided independent property consultancy services to the College for a number of years. This advice has included property valuations and negotiation around property acquisition and disposal, rent reviews and the preparation and negotiation of the College’s farm business tenancy agreement. The College has consistently received an excellent and professional service from Cooke & Arkwright and their valuable support to the College is recognised and appreciated.

Bob Bates, Director, Coleg Gwent