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Wendy’s plans to open 50 new restaurants in the UK next year

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Wendy’s plans to open 50 restaurants in the UK next year
Wendy's plans to open 50 restaurants in the UK next year
Wendy’s plans to offer its products through various channels such as restaurants, drive-thrus and delivery kitchens in the UK. Credit: Batu Gezer on Unsplash.

Fast food chain Wendy’s has announced plans to open 50 restaurants in the UK next year.

Wendy’s, best known for its square-shaped burgers, announced its re-entry into the UK market in May 2021 after two decades.

It opened a restaurant in Reading in June, followed by openings in Stratford, Oxford, Croydon and Romford.

Wendy’s also opened five delivery kitchens for ten restaurants.

The company is currently looking for new franchise partners as it plans to open 50 restaurants next year.

Wendy’s International president and chief development officer Abigail Pringle said: “We set a goal to enter the UK this year with five company-owned restaurants and we delivered.

“We also welcomed our first franchisee, REEF, who has opened five delivery kitchens to date. We’ve seen incredible success that exceeded our expectations, and it’s clear to us that customers love our fresh, high-quality food. Now it’s time to step on the gas to bring more Wendy’s to more UK customers across the country.”

The company is in talks with franchise partners to expand its presence in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland.

Outside of Greater London, Wendy’s plans to open new restaurants in Brighton and the Midlands.

It wants to offer its products through various channels such as restaurants, drive-thrus and delivery kitchens.

Wendy’s senior vice president and director of the UK and Canada, Paul Hilder, said: “We are in the final stages of discussions with two traditional franchise partners who will help the brand in the Midlands and Northern England, and we have a very strong pipeline of franchise candidates continues.”

In January of this year, NPC International announced the sale of its restaurants to the Flynn Restaurant Group and Wendy’s International.

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A cold front sweeps across the Inland Northwest today, bringing heavy mountain snowfall and high winds to much of central and eastern Washington. There is a winter storm warning today through Thursday evening for the mountain passes, including Snoqualmie and Stevens, where up to 12 inches of snow could fall.

The weather in north-central Washington today will be partly cloudy, windy and warmer with afternoon temperatures around 40 degrees.

A top-level weather system will roll over on Thursday with a wave of moisture at the rear, giving a 30% chance of rain/snow with afternoon temperatures around 40 degrees.

A large area of ​​low pressure will move south from the Gulf of Alaska and along the west coast all day Friday. Weather conditions will be calm during the day with mostly cloudy skies and peaks in the lower 40’s.

Saturday through the first part of next week we will enter a more volatile weather pattern with near-continuous moderate heavy snowfall in the mountains and rain mixed with snow in the lower parts.

Saturday will be cloudy with a 90% chance of rain/snow, also warmer, with afternoon temperatures around 40 degrees.

Mostly cloudy for Sunday with a 30% chance of rain/snow, maximums in the low 40’s.

The weather pattern also remains uncertain on Monday and Tuesday with a 70% chance of precipitation on Monday and a 50% chance of rain/snow on Tuesday with maximums around 40 degrees on both days.

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Mariah Carey and McDonald's are teaming up to launch the Mariah Menu on December 13.

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Packages pile up as Amazon Web Services outages destroy delivery

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A glitch in Amazon Web Services wreaked havoc on the e-commerce giant’s delivery operations, preventing drivers from getting routes or packages and cutting off communication between Amazon and the thousands of drivers it relies on.

According to Downdetector, an online platform that provides users with real-time information about the status of various websites and services, the outage began around 10 a.m. Eastern time (8.30 p.m. IST) on Tuesday.

At the height of the outage, the web monitoring site reported more than 20,000 complaints for Amazon and more than 11,000 for Amazon Web Services (AWS), the company’s cloud computing arm.

By 1:45 p.m. Eastern Time, reported outages had fallen by about half for AWS and two-thirds for Amazon, and by 7:35 PM Eastern Time, Amazon.com said it had resolved issues with network devices leading to web services outages. “Now that the network device issues have been resolved, we are now working on restoring any disrupted services.”

Earlier, three delivery service partners said an Amazon.com app used to communicate with deliverers was down as part of the system outage. Vans that were supposed to deliver packages along the way stopped with no communication from the company, the person said.

The problems came amid Amazon’s critical holiday shopping season, when the company couldn’t afford delays that could potentially cause lengthy lockdowns.

A West Coast delivery company owner said the company stopped deliveries on Tuesday and planned to regroup on Wednesday.

At the height of the outage, the web monitoring site reported more than 20,000 complaints for Amazon and more than 11,000 for the company’s cloud computing arm, Amazon Web Services.

Multiple popular websites, including Coinbase Global, Robinhood Markets, Walt Disney and Netflix, were also affected, according to Downdetector.

Disney said that although people were able to enter the parks, they were having trouble checking in online and paying for purchases.

Video streaming service Netflix saw a 26 percent drop in traffic after the AWS issues were reported, demonstrating how quickly outages can ripple outwards, said Doug Madory, an analyst at network monitoring company Kentik. “It’s getting more complicated with software running these services, so if something goes wrong, it can take a long time to figure out what went wrong and fix it,” he said.

According to Downdetector, several popular websites were also affected, including those of McDonald’s, Venmo and T Rowe Price.

Webcast presentations from Comcast and Altice USA at UBS’s Global TMT Conference experienced disruptions on Tuesday, and the Charter Communications presentation was rescheduled.

AWS is the leading provider of cloud computing, selling companies compute and software services on demand rather than maintaining their own data centers and teams in-house. Its customers include a wide range of industries and the federal government.

Smart houses don’t stay that smart after all

The outage at Amazon.com’s cloud computing arm has left thousands of people in the US without need for refrigerators, creambass (robotic vacuum cleaners) and doorbells, highlighting how dependent people have become on the company as the Internet of Things spreads into homes.

Amazon services affected included the voice assistant Alexa and the smart doorbell, Ring.

Several Ring users even said they couldn’t get into their homes without accessing the phone app, which was unavailable.

Others said they couldn’t turn on their Christmas lights. Smart light bulbs stopped responding to voice commands, many people reported.

Even simple household tasks become impossible for some.

The outage prompted people to ponder the pitfalls of having a “smart” home that relies too much on not just the Internet, but one company in particular — while those with “dumb” homes beamed that their refrigerators and light switches worked fine. (Isabella Steger | Bloomberg)

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