Bosses at fish and chips specialists Harry Ramsden’s, are unveiling new franchising plans to realise the company’s ambitious growth strategy.
It said initial interest from potential franchisees throughout the UK had been so high that plans to have 100 outlets operating within five years have been revised upward.
Their vision is for ‘traditional locals’ of around 1,000 sq ft which will be located in the heart of heavily populated towns, cities and suburbs.
Joe Teixeira, chief executive officer of Harry Ramsden’s, said: “These plans mean that existing outlets, including the popular Harry Ramsden’s on the Promenade in Blackpool, which is scheduled to undergo a major refurbishment early in 2014, will benefit from being part of an already world famous chain which will enjoy vastly increased nationwide coverage across the UK and beyond.
“For the local community and visitors to Lancashire, this will result a greater number of Harry Ramsden’s outlets in region from which to choose, than is currently possible.
“We are already in talks with a number of potential franchisees interested in Lancashire and it is envisaged that the expansion will ultimately bring considerable investment and a welcome jobs boost to the area.
“There are currently over 10,000 fish and chip shops in the UK, selling 255 million portions each year, and now we are offering the opportunity to be part of an iconic brand, famed for serving the nation’s favourite takeaway.”