Franco Manca begins latest kitchen fit-out as store count rises to 43

Franco Manca will expand its portfolio to 43 stores before Christmas, with the latest fit-out near Aldwych, London, currently underway.

The company has opened two new pizzerias – in Bath and Cambridge – since the start of its financial year in April and said it is continuing to seek out “well-located sites”.

Bosses at its parent company, Fulham Shore, said they were proceeding with a “prudent” expansion programme for both Franco Manca and sister company The Real Greek, which itself operates 16 stores.

Fulham Shore reported a “successful” first six months of the financial year in a trading update this week, with turnover and customer numbers across both of its restaurant businesses ahead of the same period last year.

It is planning to open a further Franco Manca restaurant at the start of 2019, in as yet undisclosed location, with more openings to follow early in its next financial year.

Franco Manca opened its first restaurant in 2008 and initially built its presence in the London market. More recently it has expanded outwards to places such as Cambridge, Bath, Oxford and Bristol. It also has a franchised pizzeria on the island of Salina in Italy.

Its pizza is made from slow-rising sourdough and is baked in an oven that produces high heat. The slow levitation and blast cooking process lock in the flour’s natural aroma and moisture, producing a soft and easily digestible crust.

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