There is a story behind every success and a unique recipe for achieving it. In the case of AmRest, it is a story of passion, determination, and faith in people. It was not always easy; we have tasted both the bitter and sweet of building a business. In a market where change is constant, our people have shown a relentless desire to learn, adapt and grow.
Our story began in 1993 when a group of young American entrepreneurs, including Henry McGovern and Donald Kendall Jr. arrived in Poland, with the idea of starting a business. Their dream materialized in the form of a Pizza Hut franchise in the main square of the city of Wrocław.
Since then, we have grown our business in many other markets in Europe and established operations in China.
Our journey began in Wrocław, Poland – we opened our first Pizza Hut restaurant, became a franchisee and founded our first company, American Retail Systems (ARS)
Having built a proven track record in Poland, we expanded internationally through the acquisition of the Yum! business in the Czech Republic as the national operator of KFC restaurants.