Belfast Telegraph

Burrito and wrap chain Freshii to open in Northern Ireland

By John Mulgrew

A Canadian-owned fast food chain is planning to open up its first location in Northern Ireland.

Freshii, which sells burritos, wraps and salads, is currently expanding its reach in the Republic.

But its boss in Ireland has now said it is trying to open a restaurant in Belfast.

Dave O'Donoghue, chief executive of Freshii Ireland, said: "In all, we're are aiming for 40 sites in Ireland. We would expect to open between six and eight next year in Dublin, but also in Cork, Limerick and Belfast."

Mr O'Donoghue was speaking to the Sunday Business Post as the company announced it's opening two new franchised outlets in Dublin this year.

That will include a 40-seat outlet in Arnott's department store.

The additional restaurants will bring the total number of locations in Ireland to six.

Earlier this year, Applegreen announced a partnership with Freshii, designed to improve the Irish company's food offering.

Food has become increasingly important in the petrol station sector as companies seek to encourage customers to do more than just buy fuel.

It's the latest fast food chain growing in the Republic which is now planning to expand in Northern Ireland.

Earlier this year, Apache Pizza said it will open up to 40 outlets in Northern Ireland over the next two years, creating as many as 800 jobs.

Robert Pendleton, boss of the Irish-owned company, said the business was opening eight here this year alone.

That includes three earmarked for Belfast, with one already opening at Bradbury Place.

Each franchise business will create around 15 to 20 jobs, and Mr Pendleton says he wants 35 to 40 stores in Northern Ireland by 2018.

It has grown to 118 outlets across the Republic.

Belfast Telegraph