Caroline Murphy, Director of Wetherby Whale
The Wetherby Whaler Group has expanded its portfolio of restaurants and takeaways with the acquisition of The Empire, in Wakefield, increasing its presence across the region.
The acquisition of The Empire, which operates both a restaurant and takeaway as well as a drive-through service, will see all 30 employees continue to be employed, adding to the Group’s existing 240-strong workforce.
Founded in 1995 in the old cinema house, The Empire will complement Wetherby Whaler’s existing restaurant and takeaway in the town, on Calder Island Way, taking the number of 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.”
The Wetherby Whaler Group includes six high-quality fish and chip restaurants, in Guiseley, Wetherby, Wakefield, York and Pudsey. Phillip and Janine Murphy began trading in fish and chips in 1969 in Tadcaster, 20 years before buying the original Wetherby Whaler in Wetherby.
The Wetherby Whaler brand has since expanded with an acquisition in Pudsey and purpose-built outlets in York and Wakefield.
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