On the Move - The Growth of the Drive-Thru Sector

Wednesday 19th May - Jointly with Leisure Property Forum

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  • The Nation's Favourite Coffee Shop

  • Popeyes


Accelerating away – the continued growth of the drive-thru market

Wednesday 19th May 9.15am - 10.30am.

The Drive-thru market continues to thrive and has been one of the few food and beverage sectors that has been able to trade through much of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is seeing strong expansion by established operators and a large number of new and expanding brands coming into the UK. 

This joint session with the Leisure Property Forum,  provides insight into the key statistics in this market, presentations from operators and insight into the opportunities and challenges that this sector will see in the years after the pandemic.


  • Fiona Brownfoot, Hicks Baker


  • Alfred Bartlett – Rapleys
  • James Hamilton – Costa
  • Rhodri Jones - Wendy's
  • Elias Diaz, co-founder of Popeyes 

Alfred Bartlett from market experts, Rapleys, will provide an overview of the market, giving market data on the size of the sector, key participants, rents and leasing terms as well as investor sentiment and market yields. Alfred heads the practice’s national retail & leisure development team, and has over 25 years experience in the retail, roadside and trade park sectors, having advised clients on the development, investment and asset enhancement of their holdings. He currently acts for Burger King, Co-op and Topps Tiles, amongst others, on the occupational side, and for major developers and funds in sourcing and developing sites on a national basis.

We will then have presentations from both established and new operators, including James Hamilton, Property & Store Development Director – Costa UK&I at Costa Coffee and Elias Diaz Sese, Board Director at Popeyes and Rhodri Jones, Wendys.

Finally, the panel will have a discussion about key trends in the market and challenges that the sector will face going forward, such as site availability and planning.

Our Chair is Fiona Brownfoot, owner and director at Hicks Baker, where she is a dedicated specialist in the retail and leisure market. Her expertise is wide ranging – from development advice (including Sackville Properties’ 2 million sq ft Station Hill scheme and Muse Developments on the 11 acre Chatham Place site) to disposals for a variety of landlord clients from substantial fund management organisations. She also works with individual private investors and on acquisitions for retailers, including Bang & Olufsen and Cara London. In a previous business life Fiona has been a land buyer and also worked for Berkshire County Council.

Event qualifies for 1.5 hours CPD.

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