September 30, 2023

Growing upmarket bakery chain Gail’s aims to open its first drive-thru branches in London and the South East as it looks to capitalize on the popularity of its cinnamon buns.

The coffee shop and artisan baker is hoping to secure 10 locations over the next 12 months.

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It has hired property consultants Forti Group to find sites between 2,000 sq ft and 4,000 sq ft with space for at least 20 cars, according to Propel Hospitality News website.

Drive-thrus have become increasingly popular in the UK in recent years, but are generally associated with mass-market brands such as McDonald’s, KFC and Krispy Kreme. But Gale co-founder and CEO Tom Molnar said in an interview that he was open to looking at new formats to help with the brand’s rollout.

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He added: “We’re a bakery first, so it’s all about the kitchen, and then if we have space to sit, we’ll add that. We’re always experimenting with new formats because it sets us apart -allows you to take advantage of different reals.” property opportunities that present themselves.

The company, backed by private equity firm Bain Capital, opened its first High Street bakery in Hampstead in 2005, but has grown rapidly, mainly in London and the Home Counties. It opened its 100th branch in East Sheen in October and now has a total of around 110.

The Battersea outlet was regularly used by the Princess of Wales when she was running her children’s school in East Thames.

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