Wednesday, January 28, 2015

News: Rotherham Nando's to open later this year


Popular flame-grilled peri-peri chicken specialists, Nando's, is set to open its first outlet in Rotherham later this year.

A planning application was approved in the Summer for a new restaurant at Parkgate Shopping, which was recently ranked as the fifth best retail park in the UK, attracting an estimated 9.3 million visitors a year.

The plans, drawn up by Archial Norr and Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners, involve the demolition of the current Pizza Hut restaurant to be replaced by a new building to include a 372 sq m, 128 cover Nando's and a 93 sq m Subway. The new building would also include a cash machine and new toilet facilities. The proposal is for "a very modest uplift" in floorspace of just 250 sq m.

The park owners, British Land, together with potential operators and visitors have all shown an interest in an improved food and drink offer at Parkgate. A 377 sq m Frankie & Benny's restaurant opened in 2012 to complement to the existing instore caf├ęs and fast food outlets.

This month saw Pizza Hut close its doors after 25 years on the park, serving an estimated five million pizzas. Manager Martin Jowett will be managing a Pizza Hut branch in Lincoln, and other staff have been relocated to Pizza Hut outlets in South Yorkshire.

Denis Copeland, manager at Parkgate Shopping (pictured back, right), said: "Pizza Hut has served local people very well over many years and will be missed. We wish all the staff very well in their new jobs, and look forward to welcoming Nando's when it opens later in the year."

Founded in South Africa in 1987, Nando's operates a casual dining restaurant group with 1,000 outlets specialising in chicken with influences from Portugal and South Africa.

The first UK restaurant opened in 1992 and there are now over 340 restaurants in the UK. Nando's Group Holdings, which runs the chain in the UK and Ireland, says that it serves half a million chickens a week and wants to add around 30 new restaurants a year. Ultimately owned by South African tycoon Richard Enthoven and Capricorn Ventures International, latest UK sales figures are a reported £535m for the year ending in February 2014. An outlet at Doncaster's Lakeside opened earlier this month.

Nando's website
Parkgate Shopping website

Images: Nando's / Archial Norr / Parkgate Shopping


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