Belfast Telegraph

Nando's to open another restaurant in Northern Ireland

A new branch of international chicken chain Nando's is set to open in Northern Ireland.

The new store iis expected to open next year and will occupy a 3,500 sq ft unit at The Junction, which is located on the outskirts of Antrim town.

The addition of the restaurant is part of a £30m redevelopment of the retail park which has been ongoing since April of this year, and aims to make The Junction the largest shopping outlet in Northern Ireland.

It currently houses a range of restaurants and a 10 screen omniplex cinema.

Once completed in 2020, the development will contain four distinct sections: food and film; home retail; supermarket; and shopping and leisure.

The redevelopment will take in new retail units; two new drive-thrus; new cafes and restaurants; new road infrastructure; and a full landscaping plan.

The Junction retail park was bought by Lotus Property in 2016.

Commenting on Wednesday's announcement, Alastair Coulson, Lotus Property Managing Director said: “We are delighted to welcome Nando’s to The Junction, this addition of such a strong brand is a testament to the confidence surrounding The Junction’s future.

“Not only will The Junction be known for its selection of retailers but also for its extensive range of leisure offerings and wide variety of places to eat and drink.”

Famed for its Peri-Peri flavoured chicken, the restaurant already has a number of outlets in Northern Ireland, including branches in Londonderry, on the Boucher Road in Belfast, and at the Abbey Centre.

Since entering the UK market in the 1990s, the South African company has gained almost cult-like status, becoming the subject of internet memes and synonymous with the phrase 'cheeky Nando's'.

Belfast Telegraph Digital

Weekly Business Digest Newsletter

This week's business news headlines, directly to your inbox every Tuesday.