Levelling Up Funding to support city centre Wendy’s with dozens of new jobs

An empty unit in one of Hull’s busiest streets is being brought back into use thanks to support from Levelling Up Funding (LUF).

Square Burgers Limited has been awarded £200,000 from Hull City Council’s government-backed fund.

Trading as Wendy’s fast-food restaurant, the recipient will occupy Unit 1 of Grade II listed King Albert Chambers on Jameson Street in the city centre.

The funding will support the introduction of 48 full-time equivalent jobs and will also help to bring back into use 350sqm of unused floor space.

The total project costs are estimated at £1,170,565.18, meaning almost £1 million of private capital is being invested into Hull city centre.

Cllr Paul Drake-Davis, the council’s portfolio holder for regeneration, said: “LUF is all about filling empty units in our city centre and creating new jobs, and this is exactly what this latest grant award does.

“Wendy’s has already invested heavily into Hull with its other restaurants and it’s great that this Levelling Up Funding can support it doing likewise in the city centre.”

In the last year, Wendy’s opened stores at Kingswood and Bilton.