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Lewis Craig Blog Archive

Just Falafel continue to falafuel the UK!

With over 40 restaurants trading Globally, our client Just Falafel is right on track in keeping with the trend of more and more people on the move looking for a healthy alternative to fast food.

Just Falafel have exciting plans for the UK, with 2013 alone seeing the opening of their first six UK restaurants. The sixth opened  in December 2013 at 7 Fulham Broadway (see below). Comprising approximately 700 sq ft at ground floor with a similar sized basement, in an excellent location adjacent to a shortly to open Wholefoods, and close to Fulham Broadway Station.

The seventh restaurant opened last week at 104/106 South Street, Romford. Several  further locations are currently under  negotiation, please click here for Just Falafel’s Property Requirements flyer.

Please contact Theo Benedyk at Lewis Craig for further information.

Just Falafel on track with expansion plans

The UK’s 6th Just Falafel will open in December 2013 at 7 Fulham Broadway, London SW6. Located alongside the new Whole Foods store, which is scheduled to open in Spring 2014.

This new Just Falafel restaurant will comprise just over 1,400 sq ft arranged over ground and basement floors. It will feature Just Falafel’s latest designs, in keeping with their Authentic Inspired Eating ethos.

Additional A3 and/or A5 sites from 650-2,000 sq ft are now required in prominent locations, offering strong footfall with an all-day offer, in major cities and university towns in UK and Ireland.

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Opportunities considered in high density office districts, shopping areas, leisure venues, transport hubs and zones containing complementary food offerings.

Contact Theo Benedyk or Richard Grossman with opportunities or for further information.


Just Falafel rolls into London

A great start to 2013 for our client Just Falafel, with five sites now completed, three are now trading, in Covent Garden’s Monmouth Street, Baker Street and at The Broadway Centre in Hammersmith.

The next Just Falafel locations are Charing Cross Road and Croydon, currently under fit-out, will be opening shortly. We continue to seek further A3 or A5 opportunities in key Central London thoroughfares and locations close to underground and mainline stations, as well as starting to looking further afield to major cities.

Just Falafel, the vegetarian fast-food restaurant, launched in the UAE in 2007, has franchised across Qatar, Lebanon, Oman, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The Covent Garden site was the first Just Falafel to open in Europe.

Fadi Malas, the CEO, who has been crowned by Gulf Capital SME Awards as the “Arab Entrepreneur of the Year” for 2012, commented that the business aims to establish 200 more branches in the UK over the next five years.

Richard Grossman comments – “in our line of work we see a lot of new food operations, but few excite us as much as Just Falafel which we feel will be a great addition to the UK restaurant landscape, with an innovative offering, superb branding and significant franchisee interest”.

As retained advisers to Just Falafel, we are looking for A3 or A5 sites offering from 750 sq ft to 1,500 sq ft in high footfall locations throughout London and major UK cities. We are particularly keen to secure sites within or alongside transport terminals.

Please contact Theo Benedyk or Richard Grossman with opportunities.

Just Falafel open their 2nd & 3rd restaurants in the UK!

Following the success of Just Falafel’s first UK restaurant in Covent Garden, we are proud to announce that our client has now opened their second and third restaurants in London, in Baker Street and Hammersmith Broadway Shopping Centre.

Both Charing Cross Road and Croydon are well underway, with openings due shortly!

Just Falafel is a superb operation launched in the UAE in 2007, with over 35 restaurants trading globally, and is keeping with the trend of more and more people on the move looking for a healthy alternative to fast food!

Many more locations are now required within high footfall locations, and busy hubs of Central London.

A3 or A5 required, with a minimum 750 sq ft at ground floor preferred.

Please get in touch with Theo Benedyk or Richard Grossman at Lewis Craig with any ideas!



Just Falafel just opened in London’s Covent Garden!

Lunchtime today saw the exciting launch of our client Just Falafel’s first UK restaurant at 1 Monmouth Street, Seven Dials, Covent Garden, London.

Situated in one of the most prominent sites in Covent Garden, with frontages to Monmouth Street, Neal Street and Shaftesbury Avenue.

The premises comprise a ground floor area of some 350 sq ft, with a similar sized basement area.

Just Falafel have exciting plans for the UK, with this being the first of many openings during 2013. February will see the opening of the next Just Falafel in Hammersmith (Broadway Centre), and Charing Cross Road due to open in March.

We are currently in solicitor’s hands on premises in the West End and Croydon, as well as several other sites under negotiation for franchisees in London, Cambridge, Exeter and Ireland.

As retained advisers to Just Falafel, we  are looking to secure more A3 or A5 sites in high footfall locations, ranging from 450-1,000 sq ft.

Please get in touch with Theo Benedyk or Richard Grossman with any interesting ideas by calling us on 020 7009 0480.

London Calling – Just Falafel Opening soon, Covent Garden

Additional locations in London and across the UK being secured


Dubai-based Just Falafel, one of the Middle East’s most dynamic emerging restaurant brands, launches in London with its flagship store opening in Monmouth St, Covent Garden in November 2012.

Advised by property specialists Lewis Craig and Strutt & Parker,  Just Falafel are keen to bring their regional phenomenon with global aspirations to the UK market, aiming to deliver unique flavours ranging from Indian to Mexican, alongside Just Falafel’s biggest seller, the “Original,” a traditional Middle Eastern wrap.

Just Falafel’s London operation has its own central kitchen to satisfy demand for its hand-crafted falafels, and private tastings can be arranged for all serious franchisers.  Co-founder Fadi Malas, an entrepreneur with family ties to England as well as Beirut, believes the UK is ready for Just Falafel and the company plans to roll out 200 stores over the next 5 years.

“Factors such as visibility of Emirates and Etihad Airlines in the UK and the allure of Dubai as a holiday destination has increased the affinity between these two markets, and as a homegrown success story from the UAE, Just Falafel aims to be the quick service restaurant of choice across the UK,” Malas concluded.

Currently, Just Falafel is in discussions with potential franchise partners to open multiple outlets across London and UK-wide, with stores opening in Cambridge and Exeter during 2013. Falafel’s popularity is on the rise globally, and research from the UK shows that it could be a serious contender to replace curry as the nation’s favourite food.

Theo Benedyk, Head of Agency at Lewis Craig comments, “We are extremely pleased to have now secured Just Falafel’s first UK restaurant in Covent Garden, and are well underway to securing several further sites in 2012. Just Falafel is an exciting brand with a proven track record, being one of the fastest growing food chains in the Middle East”.

Please click here for our property requirement flyer.