In continuing my series on what happened to Nando's in certain countries, I thought I would focus on another once-strong Nando's outpost: Israel.
So what did happen? Well, Nando's Israel closed the doors of its restaurants some time in 2004. It is unclear how successful these restaurants were, and the exact reason for closure. One theory is that this was around the time Nando's began to expand into other Middle-Eastern countries such as Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, UAE, Lebanon. Politically speaking, these countries may not have been happy with Nando's also operating in Israel, so perhaps the closure was due to global management seeing a potentially more lucrative market elsewhere in the region. It could just as easily have been down to the restaurants not being financially successful, but based on the sudden closure, and internet-based demand for a reopening, this seems less likely. If you know more, please comment below.
And a brief summary of Nando's in Israel:
Israel was always a country close to the founders of Nando's, with Robbie Brozin's family being jewish. A family member (possibly brother) called Daniel Brozin opened the Israeli franchise in July 1992, and acted as CEO all the way through to its closure in 2004. During that time the franchise was at least at times successful, as detailed in this article. The article also suggests big plans with up to nine locations nationwide, though it is unclear if this ambition was ever fully realised. At time of closure, Nando's Israel had four restaurants, all in the Tel Aviv area.
If anyone has more information, or even visited a Nando's in Israel before it closed, please either comment below or contact us using [email protected].