Bratislava, Slovakia – Burger King has returned to Slovakia after seven years, with the opening of a first operation on November 23 at the Bory shopping center in Bratislava soon to be followed by a second one, on the other side of town, at Avion Shopping Park.
The American fast food chain plans to open 15 restaurants in the country within 5 years.
Burger King first arrived in Slovakia in March 2010 when Tekaz, a company with no restauration and gastronomy experience, opened the franchaise’s first restaurant in the country. But it was not be. The restaurant quickly closed its doors in December 2011 as the company filed for bankruptcy.
In March 2018, the Polish conglomerate AmRest, the largest publicly listed restaurant operator in Central Europe which already runs the Pizza Hut and Starbucks networks in Slovakia, had announced the signing of an exclusive license with Burger King Europe for the Czech Republic and Slovakia, with plans to open over 50 new restaurants in both countries.
To this day, there are already 18 Burger King restaurants in the Czech Republic, 40 in Hungary and more than 70 in Poland.
AmRest recently announced the purchase of French company Sushi Shop, the leading Japanese fast-food chain in Europe. The largest independent chain restaurant operator in Central and Eastern Europe, AmRest was founded in Poland in 1993. The conglomerate owns nearly 1.700 restaurants scattered over 16 different countries, including 600 franchises of KFC and 300 of Starbucks and Pizza Hut, along with its Burger King restaurants.