Barburrito is planning at least eight more restaurants over the next two years as it bids to increase its presence in high footfall locations.
The popular burrito chain confirmed last week that the next site it opens will be in Gateshead after agreeing a lease on a unit at the intu Metrocentre. It will be capable of serving 55 covers and employ 25 staff.
The brand, which celebrates a decade in business this year, is seeking high traffic locations in major city centres, shopping malls and travel hubs.
Its search for prospective venues is being led by Jim Bishop, its newly-appointed head of property.
He said of the Gateshead addition: “We are delighted to be part of intu Metrocentre’s Qube redevelopment scheme and are excited about opening there in early 2016.
“This acquisition is part of our plan to grow nationally following on from our recent development in Cardiff, St David’s Centre and agreement of terms for a number of new restaurants in various part of the UK.”
Barburitto’s first store was in Manchester and it has since opened 11 more. It is aiming to grow to 20 restaurants by 2017.