Belfast Telegraph

Nando's expansion reaches Abbeycentre

By John Mulgrew

Chicken chain Nando's is expanding its reach across Northern Ireland with a new restaurant outside Belfast creating dozens of jobs, it can be revealed.

The South African-owned business is adding its latest outlet to the Abbeycentre in Newtownabbey. Plans have now been submitted to take over an area of the centre's food court.

It comes after the chain opened its fourth location at Boucher Crescent in south Belfast.

That location will bring 32 full and part-time jobs to the area, ranging from cashiers to 'grillers', who cook the chicken, and managers.

In 2010, Advertising Age magazine named Nando's as one of the world's top 30 hottest marketing brands.

Nando's has become the favourite takeaway food fix for a host of international names, including none other than pop diva Beyonce.

She reportedly spent almost £1,500 at an Essex branch of the chicken chain in 2013, in addition to several hundred pounds at an outlet in Dublin. Nando's operates more than 1,000 restaurants across the globe, with almost 300 across the UK and the Republic.

The Belfast Telegraph's food critic, Joris Minne had described the prevalence of the South African-born restaurant chain as a "global phenomenon".

It's the latest large chain to grow its reach here, with pie and bakery chain Greggs adding 50 locations across the province.

It first tested the market by opening concessions at Applegreen service stations, before opening its first shops in Belfast.

Belfast Telegraph