Mexican chain expands to Scotland by acquiring rival

Barburrito

Mexican chain Barburrito has made its first ever acquisition, scooping up five-strong Scottish rival Pinto Mexican Kitchen for an undisclosed sum.

The business will continue under the Pinto brand initially; however Barburrito plans to rebrand it in 2016.

Morgan Davies, CEO of Barburrito, said Pinto was a “well-run” operation with five great locations north of the border. He cited Scotland as a key focus area for the chain.

“Having grown up in Scotland, I am personally delighted that we are expanding here. We are serious about establishing Barburrito as a UK-wide operation and this key acquisition in Scotland affirms our position as the leading burrito bar operator outside of London.”

Barburrito describes itself as the UK’s “first burrito bar” and now operates 17 restaurants.

It is backed by growth capital provider BGF, which has provided more than £11m in investment to the business over the past four years.

The company aims to increase the number of sites it operates to 25 over the next 18 months.

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