Burger King returns to Belfast city centre

Burger King returns to Belfast city centre
Burger King has returned to Belfast City Centre, launching a new store at Victoria Square shopping centre.

In a social media post, Victoria Square confirmed the latest Burger King outlet had opened and is situated on Level 1 of the shopping and leisure complex.

The fast-food outlet joins the likes of Nandos, Boojum, Five Guys and Wagamama which all have outlets in Victoria Square.

It marks a return to the city centre for the Whopper after the restaurant’s iconic Donegall Place store closed its doors last month after 37 years.

The fast food chain made its home on Donegall Place as part of the old Robinson and Cleaver department store building in the late 1980s, with many original features retained inside as well as the original signage on the front of the building.

The restaurant first started out as a Wimpy franchise in the 1970s on Castle Lane before moving to the Donegall Place location, adjacent to the department store.

In 1989, however, the Wimpy brand was sold to Grand Metropolitan who converted a number of the Wimpy restaurants to Burger Kings.

In 2020, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, Burger King UK’s boss warned that up to 1,600 jobs could be lost.

But in December 2021, the brand agreed a deal to acquire 12 new restaurants from franchise partners across the UK.