Burger chain to take a bite out of Birmingham

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A fast growing burger chain has signed up to one of Birmingham city centre’s most prominent retail sites.

Archie’s has agreed a 20-year lease at 8 and 9 Lower Temple Street at the site of the former Caffè Nero next to Grand Central.

The burger restaurant will invest £750,000 in the 2,500 sq ft premises and plans to open the new venue in mid-December.

Archie’s was launched by owners the Raffiq brothers in Manchester in 2010 and already boasts ten locations across the UK, including a flagship 260 seat diner at the Trafford Centre, coupled with a site in Manchester Airport’s new ‘super terminal’ which opened earlier this year.

Employing more than 400 staff, Archie’s recently signed a 20 store deal with toy giant Nerf AX and is said to be the fastest growing independent operator in the UK.

Richard Walker of Hortons’ Estate, the property company which secured the letting, said: “This is one of the most high-profile pitches in Birmingham city centre and we received strong interest when it became available. Archie’s is an exciting and growing brand and I am confident that they will be a great addition to the parade and wider area. We look forward to welcoming Archie’s to the location and seeing its fit out.”

Ross Mackay, of Creative Leisure who acted on behalf of Archie’s, said: “This is a prime location to continue Archie’s organic growth in the south and we were delighted to have secured this site ahead of strong competition. It is appreciated that landlords including Hortons’ are now understanding this exciting brand and it is always good to work with like minded partners in a streamlined approach to a transaction.”

Archie’s business has doubled in the last 12 months and sales are expected to achieve in excess of £22m in 2022.

Hortons’ was represented by Simon Smith of Wright Silverwood.