What we know so far about Burger King’s move to Newtown
A new banner with the Burger King logo which has been placed in front of the Pool Road restaurant indicates that the chain is “Coming Soon”.
KFC permanently closed the doors of its restaurant on Sunday January 9, after nearly six years in the town.
But KFC’s departure from the city was soon replaced by rumors that Burger King was about to make its long-awaited Newtown entrance by opening in the vacant store.
Job postings for Burger King were posted online earlier this month, including crew members, a shift manager and site managers.
the Jobs seem to suggest that the new branch will be based in Pool Road.
A Burger King spokeswoman was able to confirm that a new restaurant will open in Newtown at some point in 2022.
She said: “Burger King UK can confirm that Newtown, Powys will become a new home for the Whopper, opening this year.
“Stay tuned for more details on the opening date and location.”
It is not yet known exactly how many jobs will be created with the launch of the new branch.
Burger King still has intact planning permission in place for a new drive-thru shop on the same site as the Tesco supermarket, also in Pool Road.
The site near Tesco received planning permission in 2018, after a planning application was submitted the year before.
Work has begun at the recently closed KFC branch in Newtown. Photo by Paul Williams.
KFC has not disclosed why it decided to close the Newtown restaurant, which opened on the former Co-op site across from McDonalds in 2016.
The outlet was the only KFC store in Powys.
A KFC spokesperson said: “It was a great run, but all good things must come to an end, so on Sunday we are closing our doors permanently at KFC Newtown.
“We will miss our loyal fans, but never say never to a restaurant opening nearby in the future.”
In 2016, it was reported that between 50 and 60 jobs had been created by the fast food chain, which Newtown East councilor Joy Jones said at the time that she was “thrilled” at the economic benefits that the new food outlet would bring to the area.
The closest KFC restaurants to Newtown are based in Aberystwyth and Shrewsbury.