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Fast food giant Wendy's plotting Irish return

Wendy's said discussions are ongoing with franchise partners in Northern Ireland and the Republic.

AMERCIAN fast food chain Wendy’s could soon return to Northern Ireland under plans to upscale its European relaunch.

The company which has 6,500 restaurants, previously dipped its toe in Ireland and Britain, but backed off these shores in 1999.

But a UK relaunch is proving so successful bosses plan to open a further 50 sites next year.

Wendy’s recently five opened restaurants in Britain. The bulk of its outlets operate on a franchise basis.

Abigail Pringle, Wendy's chief development officer, said new restaurants are due to open in Brighton and the Midlands of England next year.

But she said the fast food chain is in discussions with franchise partners in Northern Ireland, the Republic, as well as in Scotland and Wales.

"We have seen incredible success that outperformed our expectations, and it's clear to us that customers are loving our fresh, high-quality food," she said.

Paul Hilder, Wendy's managing director for the UK and Canada, said: "We're in the final stages of discussions with two traditional franchise partners who will help the brand cross the Midlands and the North of England, and we have a very strong pipeline of franchise candidates beyond that."

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