Alghanim Industries will expand the US fast food restaurant brand, Wendy’s® into the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, with the first restaurant opening scheduled for Q1, 2017.
The announcement follows the opening in Dubai’s BurJuman mall last week of Alghanim Industries’ 17th Wendy’s restaurant.
Commenting on the expansion in KSA, executive vice president, chief operations officer and international, The Wendy’s Company, Bob Wright said: “We value our relationship with the Alghanim industries’ team, whose leadership and experience with leading consumer-focused brands is a tremendous asset.
“We look forward to our continued partnership as we work closely together to enhance our customers’ total restaurant experience, grow Wendy’s brand presence and bring new jobs and opportunities to the region.”
Alghanim Industries VP of food and beverage, Phil Broad added: “We look forward to serving Wendy’s great-tasting, high quality food to our customers in KSA. In keeping with Wendy’s tradition, menu items will be made to order, using the freshest of ingredients; service teams will be trained to the highest international standards, as befits our customers.”
Alghanim Industries acquired the rights to develop Wendy’s restaurants across the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region in 2015.
Since that time, Wendy’s in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has undergone strategic changes to its operations, customer service and product offering.
Founded in Kuwait, Alghanim industries is a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate, employing more than 14,000 people in 30 businesses, and present in 40 countries across the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Asia.
It covers a range of sectors including engineering, retail, automotive sales and service, logistics and warehousing, and food & beverage.
In 2015 Alghanim Industries opened two X-cite stores in Riyadh, and will soon launch a new stone wool factory in Yanbu.
Wendy’s will be the latest addition to the company’s portfolio of businesses in the Kingdom.