Vapiano, the expanding fast-casual concept from Germany, is coming to the UK. Its owners have formed a partnership with Ian Daly, the former Compass executive, and plan to open the first outlet in London next summer. The company, which has annual sales of about £17m, currently has 20 restaurants - 15 sites in Germany, and single locations in Austria, Belgium, Holland, Turkey and the US. It plans to open 30 sites by the end of 2007, from a current base of 20 units. Kent Hahne, co-owner of the German fast-casual concept, said that it planned to expand throughtout Europe, the Middle East and the US. Build costs for the pasta, pizza and salad range between £600,000 and £900,000. Each outlet serves an average of between 800 and 1,100 customers each day. Brand characteristics include: freshly-made food; a casual atmosphere; striking décor and design; and not one kitchen but a series of cooking stations. Customers are 65% female and its audience include young tourists, students and families and friends. The sales split at Vapiano is 65:35 in favour of food.

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