County Durham fish and chip entrepreneur expands Bells restaurant venture

New jobs are on the menu as food retailer Graham Kennedy opens a fourth fish & chip venture in Washington

Graham Kennedy (left) at the new Washington outlet with Peter Bartley (right) of Bradley Hall
Graham Kennedy (left) at the new Washington outlet with Peter Bartley (right) of Bradley Hall

A retail entrepreneur who invested more than £750,000 in three fish and chip takeaway and restaurants in Durham has further expanded his eaterie empire, putting more jobs on the menu.

Graham Kennedy, owner of Bells, has launched a fourth outlet in the multi-million pound Teal Farm development in Washington.

Chartered surveying firm Bradley Hall helped Mr Kennedy to strike a deal to lease a 1,250sqft unit from landlord Hellens Developments on the development, in a location ideal for customers at Teal Farm village and business park.

Mr Kennedy has invested £200,000 in a major refurbishment of the premises to bring it in line with his other three outlets and he also hopes to create 10 jobs at the Washington takeaway, which has now opened its doors.

He said: “We are delighted to expand our business into Washington. The property provides a superb platform for us to showcase our tried and tested brand with a quality product and I have no doubt that the takeaway will be as successful and popular as our Durham outlets.”

Mr Kennedy has spent almost 30 years serving fish and chips to hungry customers.

He launched his first shop at Pittington before buying Bells in Gilesgate, Durham. Three years ago he opened another outlet in Market Place after Bradley Hall helped him secure a deal to buy the former Bimbi’s restaurant from Eastwood Fisheries, which had fallen into administration. Bradley Hall then assisted him in the launch of his outlet on North Road, Durham.

Bradley Hall acted on behalf of Mr Kennedy in the acquisition of this latest unit and @Retail acted on behalf of the landlord Hellens Developments.

Peter Bartley, a director of Bradley Hall, said: “I have acted for Graham in all of his recent acquisitions and I am quite passionate about his drive and knowledge of his product and business.

“The opening of this unit adds to his existing substantial business and will allow people further north of the region to sample what I believe to be the best fish and chips in the North.”

Gavin Cordwell Smith, a director of Hellens Developments, said: “I always thought that the property would suit such a use and I am delighted that Graham has chosen to incorporate his unique brand and quality product within this unit.”

Mr Kennedy added: “Location is vital to the success of any venture and the premises that Bradley Hall has managed to secure for us are in areas of high footfall with the potential to attract passing trade.”

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