Quick-service restaurant brand Chopstix is to open three new restaurants before Christmas, taking the total number of its shopping centre outlets to 25 and its total number of restaurants to 74.
The three new stores will launch in Ipswich’s Sailmakers Centre, Manchester’s Arndale Centre and the Brunel Centre in Swindon, a move which will create 45 new jobs.
The restaurants will offer freshly prepared and cooked chicken and vegetarian dishes accompanied by a choice of noodles or rice.
Menashe Sadik and Sam Elia, co-founding directors of Chopstix Group, said: “As a result of these new openings, shopping centres across the country now house one-third of our overall outlet count, which has doubled in the past 18 months. As well as being a fresher and healthier option in the food court, we also provide one of the fastest services in our sector. Our success within the shopping centre environment may be aligned to the fact that we typically serve meals in under 60 seconds – a real advantage for time-pressed shoppers.”
Chopstix has restaurants in retail centres, high streets and motorway services stations.
Chief operating officer Max Hilton Jenvey added: “There is undoubtedly much room for us to grow as a brand, and we intend to further develop our partnerships with retail centre owners in the coming months. At the same time, however, we are actively engaged with multi-site operators in other sectors to not only increase our store count, but also achieve our ambition of becoming a major player in the franchise ‘food to go’ marketplace.”
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