This post was first published by Croydon Advertiser on 18/07/2017.
This is when Croydon’s new Five Guys will open – and it’s much sooner than we thought
The opening date for Five Guys’ new restaurant in Croydon has been revealed – and it’s much earlier than first thought.
It was initially thought the restaurant – on the former site of Yates’s pub in High Street – would open in September.
Today Five Guys announced that the restaurant in High Street would open in just 10 days’ time on July 28, but then revised the opening date to three days later on July 31.
According to a spokesperson the new restaurant “will be a welcoming place for shoppers and locals to relax and enjoy amazing food”.
John Eckbert, who is the CEO of Five Guys UK, said the new restaurant will create 42 new jobs for the Croydon area.
He said: “The new location will create 42 new local jobs, seat 209 people, and will hopefully be the perfect place to Croydon residents to sit back, relax and enjoy a great quality meal.”
An initial planning application was submitted to Croydon Council by Pegasus Planning Group on behalf of Five Guys in February last year.
The proposal was then approved on April 20.
A licensing application submitted to Croydon Council showed that Five Guys intends to open from 8am until 12.30am every day of the week except for Friday and Saturday, when it will open from 8am until 1.30am.
The chain also intends to sell alcohol on the premises.
Further plans were put to the council in November and December seeking to install a new shop front and advertising at the town centre site.
A report by the Pegasus Planning Group to the council said the plan is for “an appropriate and sympathetic refurbishment of the shop front”.
Work started to convert Yates’s into Five Guys at the end of last month, with hoardings put up around the building.
Five Guys was founded in 1986 in Arlington, Virginia, by couple Janie and Jerry Murrell. The name Five Guys refers to the couple’s five sons.
The chain first expanded to the UK in 2013 and now has more than 1,000 restaurants worldwide.