Our Story
YOUR MOMENT

Reinventing Shawarma is a passion that you can taste and one we’re proud to share.

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Every menu item is made fresh and made to be the best you’ve ever tasted. Shelby’s is a fast casual shawarma chain born in London, Ontario, on a mission to modernize the shawarma in unspeakable ways while also helping to spread happiness and the appetite for good food and good flavour in communities.

Yazan and Yasser, two friends who met at college. One of them was business obsessed — couldn’t talk about anything else. And the other could not stop cooking for everyone. Both had Middle Eastern roots as well as a passion for their authentic food. The two boys started selling mom’s recipe of traditional chicken shawarma from a dingy little food trailer in Lambeth, Ontario. A much bigger idea clicked a year after — they needed to bring something different to the local market using this fantastic shawarma recipe. A legendary approach to traditional Arabian food was being developed, whereby alluring Arabian flavour is met with other world cuisines to create something that is both unique and down right delicious — the best of both worlds you could say.

The first Shelby’s restaurant opened in London, Ontario in 2015. It was an instant hit.

 

Five years later, Shelby’s has expanded to more than seven locations. 

We’ve served our delicious shawarmas, falafels, donair, and our infamous Shawarma Poutine to hundreds of thousands of happy customers. 

We are on a mission to modernize the humble shawarma by being innovative with the flavours we use and to expand these unique flavours nationwide for all Canadians to experience!

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A VISION TO ACHIEVE

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We’re looking for the right applicants who are interested in building a prosperous business as a Shelby’s franchisee.

 

Perhaps you’re a young and eager entrepreneur, or someone with business experience and are passionate about the welfare of your community.

 

Our Opening Team is here to give you the support you need to take your aspirations a step further. 

Are you interested in Shelby's Franchise yet?

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Values
THAT FUELS US
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COMMITMENT

Shawarma, the most desirable street food in the Arab World will always be our first love, even as we tackle other fusion food opportunities. Nevertheless, we are committed to maintaining absolute consistency in our root flavours, in our housemade sauces and marinades while ensuring the highest quality Canadian sourced proteins.

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LOYALTY

Shelby’s is a young company with big ambitions, and those ambitions cannot see results without the help of outstanding and creative team members. Loyalty to and from our team members in the kitchens, the staff members behind the counters, our franchisees and our customers — all are invaluable to the success of our operation.

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UNITY

Our Shelby’s Giving Back initiative encourages our team to get involved in causes they feel passionate about. The amazing power of the legendary shawarma in strengthening the community has inspired us to make our wraps and bowls accessible to everyone.

INNOVATION

Innovation is our game and it’s what makes us a different sort of place. The way we do marketing is also quite unconventional, so much so that other businesses in our locale try to emulate our innovative techniques in their marketing!

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FULFILLMENT

We want to satisfy your taste buds when you’re at Shelby’s.
If God forbid, Chipotle sauce in your shawarma makes you a happier person, we will load on that even if it makes us low-key cringe in absolute disgust.

FRANCHISE OPPORTUNITIES AVAILABLE NOW!
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