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Wimpy is a fast-food chain that was founded in the United States. It found its success internationally, mainly in the United Kingdom and South Africa. It has changed between being a table-service establishment and counter-service establishment throughout its history.



What does Wimpy stand for?

Someone who’s wimpy is extremely ineffective, weak, or fearful. You might feel wimpy about declining an invitation to jump on your friend’s snowmobile without a helmet, but that’s actually a wise decision. This informal adjective is a derogatory way to describe a cowardly or physically frail person.

Who brought Wimpy to South Africa?

Famous Brands had operated the South African Wimpy franchise for a number of years, and the acquisition made it the parent company.

Wimpy (restaurant)

FormerlyWimpy Grills, Wimpy Bar
Founded1934 in Bloomington, Indiana, U.S. 1954 in Coventry Street, London, UK
FounderEdward Gold (US) J. Lyons & Co. (UK)

How old is Wimpy in South Africa?

…in 1967, two years before man first walked on the moon. This is when we opened our first restaurant in Murchies Passage, Durban and 1000 people visited the restaurant on opening day! Since then we’ve inspired families and friends to come together for shared moments over meals.

How many Wimpy’s are left in the UK?

How many Wimpy stores are there in the United Kingdom? There are 67 Wimpy stores in the United Kingdom as of March 08, 2023.