RESTAURANT chain Nando’s is scouting Limerick for a location and could open a branch in the city in 2014 or sooner, it has emerged.
Famous for its piri-piri chicken, the franchise will open five new Irish restaurants in Dublin in the next 12 months before looking to add Limerick and Galway some time later, Alan Syman, managing director of Nando’s Ireland said.
The chain currently employs over 200 people at seven outlets in the capital, at the Mahon Point Shopping Centre in Cork and in Belfast.
“We want to open in Limerick and Galway but it will probably be 2014 before we can do that. We are looking for locations though,” Mr Syman said in an interview with a Sunday newspaper.
The restaurant chief said the gamble to expand into the Irish market in the middle of a deep recession had paid off and “dramatic” falls in rent had aided the expansion.
Since opening its first restaurant in South Africa in 1987, Nando’s has expanded into a franchise with a truly global reach and now operates in over 30 countries.