Nordsee was founded in 1896 to supply seafood from the North Sea to the residents of Bremen. In 1964 the company opened restaurant type retail shops offering meals prepared from seafood in addition to raw seafood. This concept, known as Nordsee Quick, was a huge success as nearly 300 shops opened within 2 years. In 1998, the company sold the fishery division known as Deutsche See to allow for more focus towards seafood retailing. The new focus was demonstrated with the introduction of locations serving smaller, quicker meals for customers in busy downtown areas that were more easily taken away.
Nordsee restaurants are usually located in populated areas such as city centers or near airports and train stations. The company focuses primarily on Germany and Austria but operates additional locations in the Czech Republic, Romania, Slovakia, Switzerland, Hungary, and more recently, Cyprus, Dubai, Egypt, Bulgaria, Turkey and Russia. As of 2007, there are over 400 Nordsee franchises operating in Europe alone.5 Nordsee has formed a partnership with IHS International Ltd., a Middle Eastern company (Ocean Fresh), and plans to open 150 additional locations throughout the Middle East.
Taken: June 6 2006 – Salzburg, Austria