Wok&Go appoints C&W for UK expansion (UK)

Asian food franchise Wok&Go has instructed global property consultants Cushman & Wakefield to begin a search to find 10 new restaurant locations as it looks to expand across the UK during 2013/14.

Founded in 2007 by former financial analyst Des Pheby, the chain offers a fusion of Thai, Malaysian, Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian food in the form of cooked-to-order noodles, curries, soups and rice meals.

Wok&Go currently has two stores in Chester and the same number in both Liverpool and Nottingham with a single store in Birmingham, Hull and Leeds.

Cushman & Wakefield’s search will focus on acquiring edge of prime retail units with A3/A5 planning consent, ranging from 74.32 m² (approx. 800 ft²) to 111.48 m² (approx. 1,200 ft²) in high footfall locations such as primary shopping centers, high streets and even high quality retail parks. There is an early requirement within London’s West End and Manchester.

Matt Illingworth, partner in Cushman & Wakefield’s Retail team, commented: “Wok&Go is a premium quality brand which has established itself very well since opening its first store in Chester only six years ago. There is clearly widespread appeal of the product as a healthy and convenient hot food offer and Cushman & Wakefield is looking forward to working closely with Des Pheby and his team to secure locations which will enable this business to build on its success and extend its UK reach.”

Wok&Go founder Des Pheby said: “We look forward to working with Cushman & Wakefield to find the best commercial properties for our stores as we expand.”

Source: C&W

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