Belfast Telegraph

Nando's and Five Guys bringing 100 new jobs to Northern Ireland

By Margaret Canning

Around 100 jobs are to be created in Craigavon as chicken giant Nando's and burger chain Five Guys open their doors at Rushmere shopping centre.

Rushmere said it was now working on expanding its site by 7,000sq ft to accommodate the two fast food chains, which are to open between July and September.

The Craigavon site will be the sixth Nando's outlet in Northern Ireland and it will bring 40 full and part-time jobs.

And the opening of Five Guys' second outlet here will create around 60 jobs.

Rushmere manager Martin Walsh said that the new restaurants would strengthen the centre's existing offer.

"Location, the right retail mix and access to big brands are what our customers enjoy, and we're delighted to be dramatically increasing our restaurant provision with this outstanding new offer," Mr Walsh said.

David Malanaphy, Five Guys vice president for Ireland, said: "We are delighted to be adding Rushmere to our expansion plans.

"Five Guys is one of America's fastest-growing restaurant chains and has almost 1,500 stores worldwide, with another 1,500 in development."

Brothers Brett, Ross and Derry Desmond - sons of Irish billionaire Dermot Desmond - opened the first Five Guys restaurant in Northern Ireland at Victoria Square shopping centre in Belfast in 2015.

Five Guys launched in the US in 1986. Since then it has grown to have more than 1,200 outlets worldwide.

The chain prides itself on not using freezers, with triple-cooked fries made fresh each day.

It offers a simple range of burgers with a range of toppings, along with a selection of customised milkshakes.

South African-owned chain Nando's opened its fifth outlet at the Abbeycentre last April.

It has three outlets in Belfast, one in Londonderry, and first opened in Northern Ireland in 2012.

Rushmere's lettings agent Savills acted on behalf of Rushmere owner Central Craigavon. And agency Lambert Smith Hampton acted for both Nando's and Five Guys.

Colleen Fox, chartered surveyor at Savills, said: "This latest, significant investment confirms the attractiveness of this prime shopping centre and underlines its major appeal to a growing consumer base."

Last month sports retailer Intersport announced a £350,000 investment with the opening of a superstore at Rushmere.

Its latest expansion comes after Buttercrane shopping centre in Newry welcomed Burger King and Superdrug as its latest tenants, with the creation of 35 jobs.

And the nearby The Quays shopping centre, which recently completed a new £20m development, announced the opening of a PureGym.

A new Marks & Spencer is also to open at the Co Down shopping centre tomorrow, after relocating from Buttercrane.

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