Asian fast food chain Itsu will introduce dozens of new restaurants across the UK over the next five years.
An Asian fast food chain could be arriving in Lancashire this year. Itsu is set to double in size in the next five years with 50 outlets opening across the UK and another 50 landing abroad.
Millionaire founder Julian Metcalfe is leading the huge expansion which is likely to see Itsu restaurants open across the north of England, specifically in cities like Lancaster and Preston.
The openings could create up to 1,000 new jobs in the UK alone.
There are currently outlets in Manchester and Leeds but that is the furthest north the franchise has opened. One city confirmed to be getting an Itsu store is Edinburgh.
Mr Metcalfe founded the restaurant chain in 1997 with a £1million restaurant in Chelsea, West London. It now has 74 restaurants in England and one in New York
Itsu’s next big expansion will also allow customers to create bespoke hot food orders by ordering through digital screens in 25 stores next year.
In February the company are also set to launch a partnership with M&S to stock Itsu-branded chilled broths in 500 of the supermarket’s food halls.
Itsu’s expansion plans come in spite of a decline in the casual dining sector which has seen the likes of Jamie’s Italian, Byron Burger and Carluccio’s close down.
By Dominic Moffitt