Wendy’s has secured a site in central Croydon as part of its plans to open 20 sites in the UK, MCA understands.

It has submitted plans to open a restaurant within the former Barclays Bank at Norfolk House, where George Street meets Wellesley Road.

The US burger chain announced last month that it was on track to begin opening restaurants in the UK in the first half of 2021, with sites lined up in Reading and Oxford and London locations being sought.

The company plans to build approximately five corporate-owned restaurants in the UK this year, before adding a further 10 or so in 2022.

It previously had a presence in the UK until around the year 2000 when it closed all of its branches.

According to the planning application submitted to Croydon Council, the brand “is now beginning a sustained and comprehensive return to the UK”, with town planning and development consultants Collins & Coward dealing with “a number of planning applications across a number of planning authorities as part of the first tranche of sites, with an ambitious programme of new sites over the next few years”.

The proposed plan is for dining on both ground floor and first floor with takeaway anticipated to make up a large proportion of sales but still be secondary to eat in trade. It is also looking to offer delivery, through the likes of Deliveroo and Just Eat.

Wendy’s is due to open at 1 Station Road in Reading and 1 Magdalen Street in Oxford, in the first half of 2021.