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Is Hooters Heading For MCR?

Controversial American 'breastaurant' chain lining-up sites in Manchester, London and Newcastle

Written by . Published on February 23rd 2015.


Is Hooters Heading For MCR?
 

HOOTERS - the controversial American 'beer, boobs and burgers' chain - are currently eyeing-up sites in Manchester, London and Newcastle, nearly twenty years after they launched their first UK outlet in Nottingham.

The Nottingham site remains one of the brand's top fifteen most profitable outlets in the world.

Chanticleer Holdings, the North Carolina-based franchisee owner of Hooters, have 'identified Manchester for a future Hooters site', according to CEO Mike Pruitt.

He told Confidential: "Given the long time success in Nottingham, in part because of the local management team, we look forward to providing the capital to expand the brand under their leadership throughout the UK."

Chanticleer are currently waiting on council approval in Newcastle, and are planning to open a flagship Hooters in London.

The Hooters brand - which labels itself 'delightfully tacky, yet unrefined' - has been offering punters a simple yet lucrative combination of fried food, big-screen sports, big beers and even bigger chests since the first outlet launched in 1983 in Florida.

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Hooters is estimated to be worth around $1 billion, operating in over 430 locations in 29 countries, including restaurants as far-reaching as Australia, China and Russia, as well as Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic in Europe - there's even a Hooters casino in Las Vegas.

The brand had previously announced an aggressive UK expansion back in 2008, with plans for 36 new sites, however, of that 36 only Cardiff and Bristol opened. Both have since closed.

Still, the Nottingham site remains one of the brand's top 15 most profitable outlets in the world.

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Controversy has followed the brand from the outset, with detractors saying the scantily-clad waitresses - wearing the now famous low-cut white tshirts and tight orange hotpants - objectify women. In a 2010 article, Mail on Sunday columnist Liz Jones called Hooters 'more offensive than a lapdancing club'.

Lawsuits too have plagued Hooters, with several cases contending the brands strict 'female-only' employment policy for waiting staff. In 2010 a lawsuit was filed against Hooters Michigan after an employee was threatened with dismissal unless she 'improved her shirt and short size'.

Still, Hooters bosses argue that only 70% of its workforce are female, and that up to a third of its U.S. customer base are women, with some overseas markets closer to 50/50.

Hooters has also raised over $2 million for Breast Cancer research.

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64 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

space agentFebruary 23rd 2015.

Anyone remember the Hooters that opened up ten years or so ago in Great Northern? - pure Amsterdam, full of staggies and hens for a couple of years then all went south and became a furniture shop -(that went bust!)

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AnonymousFebruary 23rd 2015.

Teasers, it was brilliant.

AlexFebruary 27th 2015.

It was sad; glad it closed.

AnonymousFebruary 23rd 2015.

Protest has followed the brand, not controversy. There's nothing controversial about opening a junk food joint whatever the staff wear or don't wear, and if the place does open nearly everyone won't make any objections at all.

AnonymousFebruary 23rd 2015.

Hooters girls in the US are hot. Somehow I don't think Manc's are going to compare.

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AnonymousFebruary 23rd 2015.

lol, why? There are loads of good-looking women in Manchester.

AnonymousFebruary 23rd 2015.

I know, but they're just not Hooters hot. I'd say attractive US women are far more attractive than pretty British women.

GimboidFebruary 23rd 2015.

There are plenty of hot-enough waitresses and bar staff already working in other Manchester venues.

GimboidFebruary 23rd 2015.

All Hooters need to do is recruit them.

AnonymousFebruary 23rd 2015.

I've seen some attractive women in restaurants in Manchester, mainly at reception, but they haven't got the Hooters personality. They're all rather aloof. Hooters need their staff to be flirty but in control of the order taking and their tables.

AnonymousFebruary 23rd 2015.

There are attractive women from all over the world living in Manchester, more so than in most American cities. I don't know whether they'll want to work in this dump though.

Peter StringfellowFebruary 23rd 2015.

Ah there it is. The worst Confidential rant debate ever.

AnonymousFebruary 24th 2015.

'There are attractive women from all over the world living in Manchester'? Yes, and they're called prostitutes.

AnonymousFebruary 24th 2015.

You'd know about that would you?

AnonymousFebruary 24th 2015.

They're all aloof?? God, because how dare a woman at work not drop everything to flirt with every man who graces her with their presence!! I hope you people are being ironic and that you're not just sexist morons!

GimboidFebruary 24th 2015.

Oh dear, Anon. There is a difference between not being aloof and being flirty. It's called being friendly, essential to good customer service. Not to mention to being a decent human being.

Shit BiscuitFebruary 24th 2015.

What's the matter, Anon? Were you once employed in a position where you were expected to demonstrate a modicum of warmth and civility towards the people paying your wages? Was that very traumatic for you?

AlexFebruary 27th 2015.

there are loads of people in Manchester with little better to do than celebrate the objectification of women here. Sigh.

GimboidFebruary 27th 2015.

Oh Alex, why do you have a problem with people being attracted to other human beings?

AnonymousFebruary 23rd 2015.

Hooters? Now that's what I call dirty food.

AnonymousFebruary 23rd 2015.

Hope it burns.

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Lil DegFebruary 23rd 2015.

LOL

AnonymousFebruary 23rd 2015.

Looking at the photos they certainly seem have big portions.

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AnonymousFebruary 23rd 2015.

And massive tits.

Bill OddieFebruary 23rd 2015.

How very ornithological

AlexFebruary 27th 2015.

how old are you!

AnonymousFebruary 23rd 2015.

Is the typo in the second Paragraph intentional?

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rinkydinkFebruary 23rd 2015.

Freudian slip?

EditorialFebruary 23rd 2015.

Typo corrrected. Shame as it was quite funny

So IconicFebruary 23rd 2015.

Great for people who need validation due to their low self esteem.

AnonymousFebruary 23rd 2015.

Phwwwwooooaaaar. Get yer tits oot for the lads

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AnonymousFebruary 23rd 2015.

Yessssssssssssss. NORKS

AlexFebruary 27th 2015.

go back to kindergarten boys.

AnonymousFebruary 23rd 2015.

This is typical of Ian Simpson architects, putting up glass boxes everywhere, destroying our heritage. No wonder we're attracting bars like 'Hooters' rather than real pubs. And don't get me started on the glass vestibule on Library Walk, this city is being destroyed piece by piece and it is all thanks to the coucil and piccadily gardens and ian simpson. And what will we have to show for it but a branch of hooters on every street corner.

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GimboidFebruary 23rd 2015.

Parody post? I really hope so.

AnonymousFebruary 24th 2015.

It wouldn't be a ManCon comment/rant thread without at least one obligatory dig at Simpson

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Mr BurnsFebruary 24th 2015.

Simspon eh?

AnonymousFebruary 24th 2015.

Excellent.

AnonymousFebruary 25th 2015.

Hahahaaa!

AnonymousFebruary 24th 2015.

This is a disgrace. I will be writing to Pat Karney this afternoon asking him to ban this place.

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TomFebruary 24th 2015.

On what legal basis would you expect the Council to be able to ban a restaurant? I'm not sure whether you're joking Anon.

Tally WhackerFebruary 24th 2015.

And what about full male nudity at the Birdcage? Is that fine and dandy?

AnonymousFebruary 24th 2015.

Fine & Dandy? Yes, I think they're the full nude male act you're referring to.

AnonymousFebruary 24th 2015.

Isn't he in charge of the City Centre?

Peter PeaheadFebruary 24th 2015.

If you can't ban it, then maybe it could be offset with another bar called Todgers or have a Fat Willys Surf Shack located near by?

TomFebruary 24th 2015.

Yes he's in charge, but he's doesn't have unlimited powers to decide what sort of businesses can open. What world are you living in?

TomFebruary 24th 2015.

I should have said "in charge" - he isn't really, he's city centre spokesman.

AnonymousFebruary 24th 2015.

I think they are joking.

AnonymousFebruary 24th 2015.

If I applied for a job here but was refused because I am not female with big tits surely that would be discrimination?

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AnonymousFebruary 24th 2015.

*large breasts

David in CheshireFebruary 24th 2015.

I believe there was a topless bar (I think the waitresses were topless, rather than the fixtures and fittings)in Oxford Street in the 70s. About where Caffé Nero and Pizza Express are now.

Terry CollmannFebruary 24th 2015.

That's the trouble with this sort of operation, it always attracts the knockers

@ShaunathegrinchFebruary 24th 2015.

Well if it does happen, I imagine it will have a lot of people visiting Manchester shopping or partying going in, rather than locals. Their tops don't look THAT low cut, you see more flesh just talking down the street. It's not that different to a lot of bars, it makes great business sense to employ attractive barmen/ladies. I do think they should have a place to perv at men though too. The funny thing is, guys will go in there to look at the Hooters waitresses, but there won't be many female customers in there to chat to and actually maybe have a chance with, they should go to a normal bar/restaurant and maybe get to meet a girl! I suppose it will be stop one of the night though for Lads nights out. Whether I check it out or not will depend on their vegetarian options, and what sport they show (wrestling please)! Pervy Lady

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laffingboyFebruary 24th 2015.

Surprised nobody has made comparison to Bierkeller chain yet. Beer, fried food, waitresses in low(ish) cut uniforms, rolling sport on the TV & home for stag do's. sounds pretty similar to me

Burt CodeineFebruary 24th 2015.

20 years behind Nottingham? We are the 'Original Modern' City.

AnonymousFebruary 24th 2015.

Wasn't it a Hooters that closed down in the Great Northern?

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AnonymousFebruary 24th 2015.

Teasers from Amsterdam....

Duncan DisordorleyFebruary 24th 2015.

Open one in Salford...... Shooters!

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AnonymousFebruary 25th 2015.

been to hooters once and it was my girlfriend that took me. If your a normal well adjusted person you should be fine here, afterall there are questionable looking massage parlours all over the city but we don't get upset about them.

AnonymousFebruary 27th 2015.

How about some super buff waiters serving up grub for the ladies... might open a rival restaurant and call it 'Pec'ish' ;)

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