Wendy's returning to Chch

03:52, Jun 11 2013
COMING BACK: Hamburger chain Wendy's is returning to Christchurch. Its Hereford St store was closed after the February 2011 earthquake.

Hamburger chain Wendy's ​plans to create 50 jobs when it returns to Christchurch this year.

The company today confirmed that a Hornby restaurant ​​will open by the end of the year.

Wendy's first Christchurch restaurant​​ in Hereford St lasted only three months before the February 2011 earthquake shut the operation down.​

Wendy's chief executive Danielle Lendich said building consent for the Hornby store had been issued and the company had begun the process of appointing a contractor to build the restaurant.​

T​he new operation will create 50 jobs for staff and management, and the company is keen to re-employ as many of its former Hereford St staff as possible.​

"We would love to work with some familiar faces,'' Lendich said.

''We've tried to keep in touch over the past few years but understand that people move on. Any of our previous employees should contact us if they're interested in working for us again."

​He said the company had ''big expectations'' for Hornby after the inner-city store proved popular.​

''The most common question we get asked on Facebook is when are we going to reopen in Christchurch. We've been working on it for some time, but it's been a case of being patient and finding the right location,'' he said.

The opening of new restaurants in Hornby, Whangarei and Hamilton over the next few months will bring the total number of Wendy's restaurants to 22.

Lendich said the New Zealand-owned franchise was looking at other sites around Christchurch and the South Island, with a target of 50 stores nationwide over the long term.


The Press