At a Glance

Over 20 years ago in Canada; 2012 in the UK

Investment Level:
Takeaway £150K – £220K and Sit-down £220K – £350K

UK Presence:
Stores in Birmingham, Wembley, Leicester, Thurrock, Guildford, Croydon and Edinburgh

International Presence:
Over 300 stores worldwide

Parent Company: 7&i Holding Group, USD$62.2 bn., Ito Yokado (Grocery), York Benimaru (Grocery), Sogo Seibu (Department), Food Systems (Restaurants)

Social Media:
Instagram – 19k

Thai Express Franchise UK

Global leading QSR brand for Thai dining is looking to expand in the UK

Thaï Express is a new take on traditional Thaï Cuisine, and the global leading brand for fast casual Thaï dining.

Our brand mission is to “Bring Thai Food to the Every Day”.  By providing freshly cooked Thai food in our vibrant and stylish stores, it transports customers back to their trip to Thailand!  The origins of the menu come from traditional family recipes that have developed into household tastes.  

Since our UK launch, we have been working tirelessly to ensure we have the platform for growth.  We understand our customers, our products, and our store operations to ensure you have all the tools for success.  50% of revenues is driven by loyal fans and repeat customers and this continues to drive our innovation and development.

In 2021, we opened the world’s first Thaï Express Kitchen, moving the brand into the fast-casual space, offering a full-service Thai dining concept.

Some key USPs

A perfect combination to ensure your success at every touch point:

  • Iconic and exclusive takeaway box – Our box is intricately decorated on the outside and just the look of it creates envy in passers-by. 
  • All-inclusive menu – We cover halal, vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free with a choice of protein and spice levels, which means we have something for everyone.
  • Open kitchen concept – The live wok stations allow customers to not only watch the food being made but transform every employee into a seasoned WOK chef, who will entertain and mesmerize while cooking like a pro.
  • Secret sauces – Our sauces are proprietary and ensure the flavors cannot be replicated which ultimately brings loyal customers flocking back day after day.  
  • Solid supply chain and support – Our central warehouse will supply you directly, allowing you to concentrate on store operations and delivery of a great customer experience.  Our processes and systems are backed by having been tested in over 300 locations over 20 years.

Store and franchise models

Our concept is tried and tested in the UK and operates in the following formats today:

  • QSR – Small kiosk/food courts in shopping malls, transport hubs – 500 to 750 sqft
  • QSR+ – Larger sites with dedicated seating (30-50 seats), ideal for leisure destinations, shopping malls, high streets
  • Fast Casual – A dining concept with table service, ideal for dense restaurant hubs in busy city centers

No matter which format you may open, the design will be instagrammable with a feature wall and attractive branding throughout.

We have new sites opening in Nottingham, Coventry, Sutton Coldfield, and Glasgow.  Join us in 2024 to partner with us to become the go-to National Thai brand and continue our UK expansion.

We are looking for multi-unit and Area Development partners with the capabilities to open a minimum of 3-5 units; they must be able to finance first 2 units.

Ideal Partner:

Thai Express are seeking :

Area Developers

Multi-Unit Partners


Interested in Thai Express? Contact Johnny Sellyn

Johnny is the Founder of whichfranchise and one of the most well-known and connected people in franchising. He is happy to discuss the requirements for developing Thai Express in the UK.


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