Wednesday, 1 December 2021

Wimpy is planning a comeback across the UK


LONDON: Fast food restaurant Wimpy – a big hitter in the high streets of the 1970s – could be making a comeback.

The chain, which once had more than 500 outlets in the UK, now has just 80.

One of those is in the intu Broadmarsh Centre in Nottingham – but outside of that, the nearest locations to us are in Tamworth or Sheffield.

But a programme of expansion is expected to be unveiled in the early months of next year.

According to Wimpy spokeswoman: “We do have some exciting new plans in terms of continued expansion and an investment programme.”

Wimpy Fast food restaurant

The firm said the plans would not be for public consumption until February to May 2018.

Wimpy is an American chain founded in Chicago in the 1930s and named after the Popeye character J. Wellington Wimpy.

The first ‘Wimpy Bar’ in the UK opened at the Lyon’s Corner House on Coventry Street, London, in 1954.

This was originally a specialist fast-food section within the more traditional Corner House restaurant. Its popularity soon led to the establishment of separate Wimpy restaurants serving only hamburger-based meals.

By 1970, Wimpy had expanded to over 1,000 restaurants in 23 countries.

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