Family-owned UK restaurant group rolls out venture to multiple sites


Rochester-based restaurant group Hancock’s has secured three further sites in a move that could see it expand rapidly just a year on from its launch.

The family-owned group says it is making a “seven-figure” investment to grow the business, which has won admirers with its meat-focused American kitchen and bar concept.

The maiden restaurant has built up a loyal base of customers at The Quays in Chatham, prompting its owners to lock in sites for Camberley, Maidstone and Eastley.

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The new locations, which vary from 3,000 to 4,000 square feet with seating for up to 150 guests, will create some 75 new full- and part-time jobs, effectively quadrupling the group’s staff count.

David Chick, director of Hancock’s, stated: “Hancock’s in Chatham was originally conceived as a standalone restaurant, offering an American-inspired menu which amongst other things features selections including chicken and ribs smoked on site, steaks, dirty dogs, gumbo and fajitas, all served in a fun environment where cocktails flow and everyone’s welcome.

“What the past 12 months have shown is that this is a winning concept, enjoyed by practically every demographic group so embarking on a managed and manageable expansion programme is the logical next step.”

The Camberley outlet is scheduled to open in August at The Atrium on Park Street with the Kent and Hampshire restaurants set to be unveiled in September.

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