Belfast Telegraph

Thai restaurant chain has its eye on NI

By John Mulgrew

Irish restaurant chain Camile Thai is seeking to expand into Northern Ireland as it offers franchise opportunities for potential Belfast restaurateurs.

The healthy Thai food delivery business currently has 14 locations in the Republic.

It's now opening three more, creating 100 new jobs.

But the company says it is now offering franchise opportunities for Belfast.

Investment in a Camile Thai franchise costs between €250,000 (£214,000) and €400,000 (£341,000) for a 1,000 to 2,000 sq foot restaurant in Belfast.

The new branches will open in Stillorgan and Artane in Dublin and in Sligo town.

Brody Sweeney, founder of Camile Thai, said: "An indigenous Irish company, Camile Thai has gone from strength to strength over the past six years and is now market leader in Ireland.

"Our aim is to double the size of the chain over the next few years and continue to be one of the leading brands, offering customers restaurant quality food delivered straight to their door; 70% of our customers are repeat customers and sales in some of our larger branches are well in excess of €1m (£850,000) per annum.

"We are offering potential franchise owners the chance to become part of a proven and successful food business model, and the opportunity to create a strong income stream and significant capital growth."

Earlier this year another Irish chain, Apache Pizza, said it hopes to open as many as 40 locations in Northern Ireland.

Boss Robert Pendleton said the business was opening eight outlets here this year alone.

Belfast Telegraph