Spudulike

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Spudulike
Private
IndustryCasual dining
FoundedJune 1974; 46 years ago (1974-06) in Edinburgh, United Kingdom
FounderKim Culley, David Leggate and Barbara Cain.
HeadquartersLondon, England, UK
ProductsBaked potatoes, crushed potato salads, side dishes and desserts
Websitewww.spudulike.co.uk
Spudulike Braehead, in 2015

Spudulike is a restaurant chain and franchise specialising in baked potatoes (potatoes being known as "spuds" in colloquial British English) that first opened in Edinburgh in 1974.[1][2] Spudulike sold baked potatoes with various fillings, other potato based meals, and side dishes.[2][3]

Spudulike was founded by Kim Culley and Barbara Cain. The company was acquired by the British School of Motoring (BSM) in 1979,[4] which helped Spudulike to rapidly expand its business as a franchise operation. It later demerged from BSM, and in May 2001, it bought Courts Quality Foods, owner of rival potato brand Fat Jackets.[5] Spudulike had fifty outlets across the United Kingdom in 2001, including twenty Courts franchises.[4]

The company entered into one company voluntary arrangement in July 2019, in an attempt to restructure its debt,[6] then on 1 August, filed for administration, with all thirty seven remaining outlets closed.[7] Potato firm Albert Bartlett acquired a number of stores of Spudulike in September 2019, and reopened them in October 2019, with an updated menu.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Coates, Liz (September 6, 2017). "Why has Spud-u-Like in Great Yarmouth shut?". Eastern Daily Press. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Martin, S.B. (1991). Worldwide Franchise Directory. Gale Research. p. 239. ISBN 978-0-8103-7805-6. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  3. ^ Fantozzi, Joanna (July 28, 2017). "23 fast food chains from around the world that we wish would come to the United States". Insider. Retrieved December 26, 2017.
  4. ^ a b Wootliff, Benjamin (29 May 2001). "Baked potato chain fattens up". The Telegraph. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  5. ^ "Spudulike buys Fat Jackets". The Caterer. 30 May 2001. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
  6. ^ "Spudulike asks landlords for rent cuts in rescue restructuring". The Guardian. 6 July 2019.
  7. ^ "Spudulike closes all 37 outlets as high street downturn continues". The Guardian. 4 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Spudulike". Spudulike. Archived from the original on 2019-09-27. Retrieved 2019-09-26. We're back, With an upgraded menu & prices you'll love.
  9. ^ https://www.plymouthherald.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink/spudulike-stores-reopen-two-months-3400659

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