The opening of the new outlet, which will of course be serving Harry’s world famous fish and chips, is the result of the partnership between Vikesh and Dimple Patel of JVP Ventures and the senior management team at Harry Ramsden’s.
Vikesh and Dimple joined The Right Worshipful The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Mike Gibbons as well as Harry Ramsden’s Director, Frank Romano and the brand’s mascot, Harry the Haddock at the official opening of the new outlet.
The Lord Mayor of Bradford said: “I’m delighted that Harry Ramsden’s has decided to come back to Yorkshire and especially that they have chosen to start this welcome return in the Bradford district.”
Vikesh Patel commented; “Speaking as a Yorkshire man, I am absolutely thrilled to bring Harry Ramsden’s back to the home of its founder. Our Shipley outlet takes the form of a ‘traditional local’, which is designed to serve the local community, and this will be the first of many. We are actively seeking various sites across the region where we can open more locals, as well as larger, ‘destination restaurants’ and already have two further openings planned for later this year.”
Joe Teixeira, CEO of Harry Ramsden’s concluded; “With today’s opening, we are pleased to fulfill a long held ambition to bring Harry’s home to Yorkshire. We are also delighted to unveil the new contemporary look and feel which has played its part in allowing the brand to reclaim its rightful place as one of the nation’s favorite, as was confirmed recently in an independent industry survey of 5000 UK consumers. Indeed, it also remains a fact that fish and chips is still one of the UK’s favorite takeaway meals, selling over 300 million portions annually and this gives us great confidence moving forward, as we seek to increase the brand’s presence both within the UK and internationally.”
Published: 2 April 2015
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