TGI Friday’s announces UK-wide expansion

TGI Friday's at St David's in CardiffTGI Friday’s has confirmed plans to open six new bar-restaurants in the UK this year, including Leeds and Glasgow, creating more than 600 jobs including bartenders.

The first will launch at the new Leeds Trinity leisure and retail development on March 21 and another is already planned for the Glasgow Fort retail park on the eastern outskirts of Glasgow for August 21. A further four undisclosed openings are scheduled for later this year.

TGI Friday’s is outperforming the casual-dining market with the highest turnover per site of any restaurant chain in the UK. The company also reports that it is experiencing an “outstanding” period of sustained growth, currently running at 16 successive quarters.

Supported by its website, it has launched a recruitment drive to fill more than 600 jobs in the new venues as well as 25 new management positions. It has pledged to take a “proactive approach” to helping unemployed young people get onto the career ladder.

David Carroll, TGI Friday’s UK director of acquisitions and development, said: “2013 is on track to be one of our biggest years in the UK since Friday’s opened 27 years ago.

“One of our main challenges this year will be sourcing passionate and enthusiastic team members for the new openings. With roles varying from bartenders and managers through to chefs and shift leaders, we’re keen to hear from those that would like to start or progress their career with us.”

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