Restaurant chain Nando's has announced that it will be opening five new sites across Scotland.
The company will be opening new branches at Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Braehead Shopping Centre, Central Retail Park in Falkirk, the OMNi Centre in Edinburgh and the Palace Towers Retail Park in Hamilton. The Palace Towers restaurant opened to the public earlier this month, in which Nando's has taken on a 20-year lease with rent of £95,000 a year, while another had launched in St Andrews back in March.
It has been announced that the next restaurant to open will be the one in Falkirk in November, with the South African firm agreeing on a 15-year lease at £53,000 per annum. The other openings at Braehead, Glasgow and Edinburgh are scheduled for December, January and February respectively. They will also be on leases at £113,500, £63,500 and £120,000.
Cushman & Wakefield (C&W) handled all the acquisitions on behalf of Nando's. Isla Monteith, an associate at C&W, said: “Nando’s is continuing its rapid expansion to meet demand from Scottish customers who can’t seem to get enough of its fantastic combination of great tasting food, world-famous spicy sauce and laid-back, family-friendly, dining experience."
Ms Monteith added that the firm is currently looking at a number of other sites in Scotland, fuelling theories that a wide array of hospitality jobs will be created across the region over the next year or so.
Nando's was first founded in South Africa in 1987, before launching in the UK in 1992. The business opened its first restaurant in Scotland in 2006 at The Fort in Glasgow. Nando's now operates around 1,000 outlets across 30 countries on five continents, and as of last year, had sales of $650 million (£404 million).
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