Noodle chain Wagamama is expanding its European presence with a new site in Italy.
The chain is introducing a Milan location after having recently opened in Madrid, Bulgaria, and Bergamo in Italy, with three sites set to open in Madrid later this year.
Wagamama, which operates 160 restaurants globally, including 120 in the UK, is currently owned by investment firms Hutton Collins and Duke Street, and has been since 2011.
By the end of fiscal year 2017, the majority of the estate will be new, rebuilt or refurbished. Currently it operates 158 restaurants in 18 countries worldwide.
David Campbell, CEO of Wagamama, said that having established a strong UK brand, which has now outperformed the UK restaurant market for 112 consecutive weeks, it is excited about the prospect of moving further down the path of creating an iconic international restaurant brand.
“We have great people throughout the business and a talented executive team in place to continue to make this business a success. We are confident that with our market-leading position, well-invested portfolio and stable and resilient business model we are well-positioned for future growth.” He said.