LEON to launch first drive-thru location following sale to Issa brothers

The company, which runs more than 70 restaurants, was bought by billionaire brothers Mohsin Issa and Zuber Issa behind EG in April.

LEON is set to launch its first drive-thru restaurant after being acquired by forecourt giant EG Group.

The company, which runs more than 70 restaurants, was bought by billionaire brothers Mohsin Issa and Zuber Issa behind EG in April in a deal reported to be worth about £100 million and came months after buying the Asda supermarket business for £6.8 billion.

The site is said to be the “first of many” drive-thru locations planned for the year. EG Group previously expressed plans to open about 20 new LEON outlets a year from 2022.

Investment will also be driven into the site’s “digital-first” restaurant, which will feature kiosks for digital ordering and payments. The owners also said it will be the most sustainable LEON restaurant so far, with 100% of its power sourced through renewable energy.

“Opening a Leon drive-thru concept is a landmark moment for the brand, creating a fantastic opportunity to bring Leon’s naturally fast food to even more people,” Mohsin and Zuber Issa said in a joint statement.

“Our investment in Leon, together with our unparalleled operational experience of drive-thrus and access to high-quality roadside locations through our forecourts, creates new opportunities for the company and a strong platform to deliver significant growth.”

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