Gourmet pie chain Pieminister is set to invest more than £300,000 opening its largest store yet, in the centre of Nottingham.
The company, which launched its first site in Bristol 12 years ago, has built a network of 14 restaurants and cafes so far, but the venture in Nottingham is the boldest move it has undertaken yet.
It plans to take on a grade II-listed site that was previously occupied by high street pharmacy chain Boots. The outlet will span 3,185 square feet and accommodate 146 diners, becoming Pieminister’s biggest restaurant in terms of size and investment. More than 30 jobs will be created as a result of the expansion.
Business website Insider Media said that council planners had approved an application the chain lodged in September, as long as development begins within the next three years.
A statement prepared by RR Planning on behalf of the company described the venue as a “unique offer” for Nottingham city centre.
“At a time when investment in the British high street is suffering, such enterprise and investment in the Nottingham economy should be encouraged and supported,” the statement added.
Pieminister is the creation of brothers-in-law Tristan Hogg and Jon Simon, who aimed to to create a range of pies “made with fine ingredients you can see, taste and smell”.
They still own and run the business, making all the pies in-house at their Bristol kitchens. As well as the brand’s own expanding estate of pie restaurants, Pieminister is stocked in some of the UK’s leading pubs and food halls.