Harry Ramsden’s owners target 300 sites in five years

GUISELEY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 01:  In this photograph illustration a portion of fish and chips stands outside the original Harry Ramsden's fish and chip shop in Guiseley, which is due to close in the next few weeks on December 1, 2011 in Guiseley, England. The world famous fish and chip shop chain is closing the shop founded by Harry Ramsden in Guisley 83 years ago due to economic pressures.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Harry Ramsden’s is to embark on the biggest store opening the chain has ever seen by launching 300 new sites over the next five years.

Parent company Boparan Restaurant Holdings intends to bolster the fish and chip shop group’s UK coverage in a move that could create as many as 5,000 jobs and lead to a wealth of kitchen projects.

The openings will be a mixture of both company-owned stores and franchises.

Harry Ramsden’s presently operates just over 40 UK stores so the ambitious plans would see its estate grow more than seven-fold between now and 2021.

According to industry website Propel Info, Boparan Restaurant Holdings also owns the London-based FishWorks brand, which only has two sites. However, it believes there is potential to grow that chain to more than 50 outlets across the country.

Harry Ramsden’s boss, Joe Teixeira, said: “Following the successful turnaround of Harry Ramsden’s in the last three years, we have a clearly defined strategy driving the reinvigorated brand, focusing on customers and our people to grow aggressively offering the Harry Ramsden’s proposition to a wider demographic profile”.

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