WaffleOpolis in King's Lynn set to expand with five more outlets in 2021
A Lynn waffle shop business which is just a year old has been so successful that its owners plan to open five more outlets next year.
WaffleOpolis first opened in Saturday Market Place last November and its popularity has already led to a second restaurant being opened in the town's Tower Street in September.
It is owned by Gary Kerr, who also runs the Liquor and Loaded restaurant, which is next door to the second WaffleOpolis. His partner, Jaimie Manning, is co-director of the business and she continues with operations at the Saturday Market Place site.
Gary said: "We have been to Boston last week and we think we may have found our next WaffleOpolis. We plan to open five more, including the one at Boston, in 2021."
He puts the success of the business down to having a great team around him and quality products with wide appeal.
"Our products are fantastic and we focus on providing excellent customer service. We are all living in tough times and I think what we sell are a cheap luxury which puts a smile on people's faces.
"We only use the best ingredients and also have gluten-free options. When we opened the new restaurant in what was formerly a chip shop in Tower Street, we closed the Saturday Market Place site. However, we reopened it again as so many people had got used to driving by and picking up their goods."
The new restaurant in Tower Street has seating for 34, although in the present lockdown it's used for takeaway only. It has also led to the creation of 14 new jobs, some of which are part time.
Both Liquor and Loaded and WaffleOpolis have been operating home deliveries for people within a five-mile radius during lockdown.
"Over the past few months we have gone to people who are shielding or high risk who are really important to us. In some cases they really depend on us and whatever happens we will maintain our deliveries to them. Mainly these are people who are ordering Sunday roasts from Liquor and Loaded."
The business has also set up a pick-up point at Biltons at Tottenhill where people from the Downham area can collect their orders.
Liquor and Loaded and WaffleOpolis have also introduced a kerbside pick up at the rear of their properties in South Clough Lane for the collection of pre-ordered items.