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Fast food Rocket's across into Newry

By Clare Weir

Irish fast-food favourite Eddie Rocket's is opening in Newry, with further outlets planned across Northern Ireland.

The American-style diner has announced a £1m investment creating 25 new jobs with the opening of its first ever restaurant in Northern Ireland at The Quays Shopping Centre.

And the company wants to spread its wings even further throughout the province.

Company boss Niall Fortune said: "Eddie Rocket's are looking for an area development franchisee, which means that this franchisee would operate within Northern Ireland as a territory and open multiple franchises under this licence."

Meanwhile, a commercial property agent has revealed that a 'local' restaurant franchise is seeking town and city centre locations across Northern Ireland.

Osborne King has issued a 'client requirement' notice for 2500-5000 sq ft premises in city and town centre locations throughout Northern Ireland.

While the company would not be drawn on the name of the client, it is understood that it is a locally-based franchise and is not connected to the Eddie Rocket's expansion.

The new Eddie Rocket's diner in Newry seats 80 people and Mr Fortune said that the city was chosen as a "busy and vibrant" location.

"Having invested significantly in this new diner, we are fully committed to bringing Eddie Rocket's further afield and beyond Newry and are currently actively seeking to secure additional franchises in a bid to expand the Eddie Rocket's brand into Northern Ireland."

There are now 32 outlets in operation and three Rocket's by Eddie Rocket's across the island of Ireland. The Rocket's sub-brand, launched in December 2014, is designed for kiosks and universities. The company routinely turns over €50m (£32m) per year.

By 2018, it is expected that there will be 100 Eddie Rocket's and Rocket's throughout the country and Europe, with Mr Fortune understood to be eyeing Spain and Germany as potential locations.

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