Wendy's is opening in the UK - the only surprise is it's not in Milton Keynes... yet

Famous American fast food chain Wendy's is set to open new UK branches for the first time in 20 years.

By James Lowson
Thursday, 18th February 2021, 10:47 am
Updated Thursday, 18th February 2021, 10:48 am

Milton Keynes is traditionally a testing ground for American-based franchises hoping to crack the UK market.

A series of US-based fast food chains have enjoyed great success setting up shop in Milton Keynes in recent years.

Milton Keynes was among one of the first five places where you could order from Smashburger.

Wendy's is opening two stores in the UK ahead of a wider expansion in the country

Another popular North American fast food branch, Five Guys, has had a presence in the city for years.

Taco Bell chose Milton Keynes to trial a drive-in service for the first time.

It's not just American franchises that often target Milton Keynes as they expand, Berlin-based, high-end takeaway service, German Doner Kebab, brought their kebabs and sauces to MK in 2018.

The first Tim Hortons restaurant and drive-thru in the South of England opened in Milton Keynes in December.

Even with the financial strain the pandemic has put on all businesses, two more international brands confirmed new Milton Keynes stores.

A Harrods Beauty store is coming to Centre:MK and a Hamleys toy store opened in the shopping centre in between lockdowns.

Two Wendy's locations have been confirmed so far, both in the South East, with Reading and Oxford playing host to the fast food chain.

London sites are also currently being looked into as well, according to Big Hospitality.

The last existing UK Wendy’s branch closed in 2000, but through the 1990s there were 10 locations across the country, including two in London.

Wendy's is famous for its square burger, which the fast food chain says gives every bite a bit of burger and not just roll.

The Baconator is another signature menu item. The burger features a half pound fresh beef patty, American cheese, six pieces of crispy Applewood smoked bacon, ketchup, and mayonnaise.

The chain opened its first branch in Ohio in 1969, and now holds more than 6,000 sites across the US.