BURGER King has announced it will be bringing the Whopper to Whiteley with a brand-new restaurant set to create 40 jobs for the area.

The fast-food giant, which is famed for its signature flame-grilled patties, will rival fellow burger joint Five Guys by setting up in the Shopping Park.

Five managerial roles are being created for the restaurant, with all five currently accepting applications. These include openings for a senior assistant manager, two assistant managers and two shift managers.

Burger King is also recruiting 35 restaurant crew members, spanning both front of house and kitchen roles.

Jeremy Wright, people director of Burger King UK, said: “During what has been a very challenging few years for many businesses, we are delighted to be creating new job and career opportunities in the area, and look forward to welcoming 40 new starters into the Burger King family, at our new Whiteley restaurant.

"Those who are successful in joining the team will enjoy a variety of staff perks; from flexible hours and free meals at work, to 50 per cent off food and drink for friends and family, sharing the unmatched taste of Burger King with those they love."

Chiefs at Burger King have said they want to open more than 200 restaurants in the UK over the next five years. This comes as it reported a 68 per cent increase in revenues to £211.7m, with like-for-like sales up by 46 per cent during 2021.

It also announced a £33.4m operating profit for the year, compared with a £7.5m loss in 2020 - a year when many restaurants struggled with the effects of coronavirus lockdowns and trading restrictions.

Mr Wright added: “We continue to be bold and ambitious in our growth plans across both locations and job opportunities.”

Mia Gordon, centre director at Whiteley, said: “It’s great to welcome another new brand to Whiteley in what is a very exciting time at the centre. We’re sure Burger King will prove very popular with our visitors when it opens.”

No firm date has been given as to when the restaurant will open.

For more information on careers at Burger King UK and how to apply to become part of the Burger King Whiteley team, visit: harri.com/burger-king-whiteley

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