Alghanim Industries, one of the largest private companies in the Gulf region, has announced plans to expand the Wendy’s restaurant brand into Saudi Arabia.
The company said in a statement that the first Wendy's is scheduled to open in the Gulf kingdom in spring 2017. US-based Wendy's is reportedly the world's third largest hamburger fast food chain with 6,482 locations.
Alghanim Industries acquired the rights to develop Wendy’s restaurants across the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region in 2015 and last week the 17th outlet opened in BurJuman mall in Dubai.
Omar Kutayba Alghanim, CEO of Alghanim Industries, said: “We are honoured to team with Wendy’s to expand this global franchise into the provinces of Saudi Arabia, and we look forward to opening the first restaurant in the spring of 2017.
"This is an important move for Wendy’s, one of the most recognized and respected brands in the world.”
Bob Wright, executive vice president, chief operations officer and international, The Wendy’s Company, added: “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.”