The Empire Strikes Back!
The Wetherby Whaler Group has expanded its portfolio of restaurants and takeaways with the acquisition of The Empire, in Wakefield.
Following the purchase of the Fish & Chip restaurant, takeaway and drive through, all 30 employees of The Empire will be retained, adding to the Group’s existing 240-strong workforce.
Founded in 1995, the old cinema house, The Empire, is a Fish & Chip restaurant and takeaway well established in Outwood and the Wakefield area.
The addition of The Empire complements Wetherby Whaler’s existing restaurant and takeaway in the town, on Calder Island Way, and takes the number of its locations across Yorkshire to six.
Caroline Murphy, Director of Wetherby Whaler, said: “The smooth purchase of The Empire complements our existing portfolio of restaurants and takeaways, and strengthens our position in Wakefield and across Yorkshire. It has also brought about an exciting concept to explore with the Group’s first-ever Fish & Chip drive through facility, which is one of only a few Fish & Chip establishments to offer this service in the UK.
“There is a solid foundation and great team in place that strengthens our existing dedicated and experienced workforce. This latest acquisition sets us up for further growth in the future as we will be gradually incorporating The Empire into the portfolio, staying consistent with our strong brand.”