New Burger King drive-thru opens in Barry Waterfront

10 September 2020
  • Burger King drive-thru Barry, Cooke & Arkwright
  • Burger King drive-thru Barry, Cooke & Arkwright
  • Burger King drive-thru Barry, Cooke & Arkwright

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A new-build Burger King drive-thru restaurant under the management of Unionburger, a franchise of the fast food giant, has opened in a prime location fronting Ffordd Mileniwm Road in Barry Waterfront Retail Park.

The 2,750 sq ft new-build drive-thru in Barry has 70 covers and has created around 40 new jobs in the local community. This is Unionburger’s eleventh restaurant in South Wales, and it plans to open a twelfth in Cross Hands in the Autumn.

Cooke & Arkwright’s Retail & Leisure agency acted on behalf of Unionburger to acquire the site at Barry Waterfront Retail Park and is advising on the acquisition at Cross Hands.

Franchisee Chris Baker said, “We took the decision to close all of our restaurants on March 24th for a number of weeks even though we were not instructed to do so by the Government. We remained closed throughout April whilst we put into place plans to safely reopen our drive-thru restaurants. One of our main challenges prior to opening was to source adequate quantities of PPE for our staff. Although most of my staff were furloughed, I kept some key personnel employed and thanks to their efforts in implementing a safe working environment for our staff we were one of the first fast-food outlets to reopen in May.

“Business remains a challenge thanks to Covid, but the safety of our staff and customers must come first. My hope for the future is that an effective vaccine can be found to enable us to return to normal. My feeling, however, is that we are in for a long haul and none of us knows what the ‘new normal’ will be. The beauty of our industry though is our ability to adapt to whatever challenges are thrown at us.”

Huw Thomas, Director at Cooke & Arkwright added, “This new drive-thru is good news for both the Waterfront Retail Park and Barry in terms of job creation and service provision. It is in a very prominent location close to Morrisons and is highly visible and accessible to people heading to and from the waterfront and the retail park.

“Unionburger are planning to open several new restaurants over the next couple of years and we continue to actively look for new sites, in particular drive thru locations.”

Unionburger currently employs around 325 people across South Wales and at its drive-thru in Gloucester.

Pictured: Chris Baker of Unionburger, left, with Huw Thomas of Cooke & Arkwright

I have worked with Jeremy Symons over the past three years successfully leasing and buying property in support of my business. I continue to be very pleased with his knowledge of the market and expertise. Our relationship over this time has resulted in acquiring 20,000 sq ft at Capital Business Park in Cardiff, leasing 11,000 sq ft at Southpoint, and subsequently leasing an initial 42,000 sq ft at Parc Bedwas, followed by a succession of expansions of a further 11,000 and then 47,000 sq ft, enabling us to centralise all of our operations at Parc Bedwas in a single 100,000 sq ft facility. The acquisitions were completed at the perfect time for tenant purposes and the rent fixed throughout the term at very economical rates. A job well done.

Bob James, Aerfin