Irish salad chain Freshly Chopped has announced it is set to open a new branch in Northern Ireland as part of an expansion of 10 new stores.
Its branch in Northern Ireland will open at Ulster University’s Belfast campus this weekend in conjunction with outsourcing giant the Mount Charles Group, making it the chain’s 50th outlet overall.
The store will create 15 jobs, which will be a mixture of full-time and part-time positions.
The company’s first branch in Northern Ireland opened in the Maxol A26 garagh Tannaghmore in June, and since then branches have also opened in Rosepark Service Station in east Belfast, Glenabbbey Service Station in Glengormley.
A total of six branches of Freshly Chopped are set to open across Donegal and Northern Ireland, with its branch on Donegall Square set to open on November 12.
The 10-store expansion announced on Wednesday will see 150 jobs created in total, with branches also opening in the Republic, Cyprus, and Great Britain – with all of them expected to be open by Christmas.
The expansion comes on the back of the group’s successful franchise programme, and strategic partnerships with BWG, Maxol, the Mount Charles Group, Aramark as well as a new deal with Corrib Oil.
“We are delighted to be accelerating our growth across four different markets,” Brian Lee, co-founder and MD of Freshly Chopped, said.
“These 10 new stores showcase the success of our growth programme that we have used to continue the revolution in healthy fast food.”
Chopped has undergone a rapid expansion over the past two years, more than doubling its number of employees and stores across various international locations.
Source: Belfast Telegraph