American burger giant Wendy's has officially confirmed it will open in Southend this year as it revealed exciting expansion plans.

The fast food chain is expanding with several restaurants across the UK this year, including its new branch in Southend High Street.

A spokesman for Wendy's said: "Brand fans in Essex will be able to enjoy Wendy’s by the sea, setting roots in Southend.

"After celebrating a successful year in Northern Gateway Leisure park, Wendy’s will be opening its second restaurant in Colchester, bang on the high street as a result of residents demanding more access to Wendy’s in the city.

"This also follows a successful launch in Chelmsford in March."


These new restaurants alongside more across the country, which have already started recruitment, will collectively create more than 400 jobs.

Michael Clarke, UK managing director for Wendy's, said: “We’ve seen great momentum in building Wendy’s fandom in the UK, and the love and excitement for this iconic brand grows stronger with each new restaurant opening.

“British consumers constantly ask, 'Where’s Wendy’s opening next?' and we’re thrilled to answer the call by rapidly expanding our brand presence into new areas across the country, giving Brits more access to fresh, high-quality food that they deserve.”