Wagamama to open four new London restaurants

Casual dining chain Wagamama has announced plans to open four new restaurants across London as it forges ahead ambitious expansion plans.

The new restaurants will open at Ealing Broadway Centre, Telford Southwater, Fulham Broadway Centre and Southampton West Quay.

The deals were brokered by property agent Cushman & Wakefield, which has been retained to find other sites for Wagamama.

It said that the noodle chain was looking to open another 15 to 20 sites across the UK.

"We continue to work with Cushman & Wakefield and our owners at Duke Street to roll out the brand across some of the leading locations across the UK," said Wagamama's property director Sharon Cawthorne.

"Our new openings are trading fantastically well and we are expanding whilst also maintaining our position as an award winning global restaurant chain."

With the chain still looking to grow, it may also need to step up its hospitality recruitment activity, particularly in London and the south-east, which appear to be its target markets.

Thomas Rose, associate at Cushman & Wakefield, added: "We are delighted to be working with the best casual dining brand in the UK and we are looking forward to acquiring more units for Wagamama, particularly in the south-east where the restaurant market remains very strong."

The news comes just a couple of weeks after it was announced that Steve Easterbrook has been appointed the new chief executive of Wagamama.

Easterbrook, formally the president of McDonald's Europe and head of Pizza Express, signalled his intention to help grow the brand both in the UK and internationally.

"Wagamama is a great business with huge potential both here in the UK and further afield. I am looking forward to working with the team … in realising the full potential of this exciting and formidable brand," he commented.

The company currently operates 84 restaurants, three of which are in the US and 35 franchised globally.

Berkeley Scott is a specialist recruitment agency in the hospitality industry