Nandos and Five Guys to create 100 jobs at Rushmere in Craigavon

Five Guys is to open its second restaurant in Northern Ireland at Rushmere Shopping Centre
Gareth McKeown

TWO multi-national chain restaurants are set to create 100 jobs at Rushmere Shopping Centre in Craigavon.

The centre has confirmed that both Nando's and Five Guys will open at the popular retail complex later this year. Two new units with a combined space of more than 7,000 sq ft are being developed to accommodate the new family restaurants before they open in the third quarter of this year.

Nando's, which currently boasts five outlets in Northern Ireland and is popular for its flame-grilled Peri Peri chicken, is committing up to 40 new full and part-time roles for this latest venture, while burger restaurant Five Guys, which has one branch at Victoria Square in Belfast, will create around 60 new local jobs at Rushmere.

Speaking about the new store Five Guys' vice president for Ireland, David Malanaphy, said: “We are delighted to be adding Rushmere to our expansion plans. Five Guys is one of America's fastest-growing restaurant chains and has almost 1,500 stores worldwide, with another 1,500 in development.”

Rushmere Shopping Centre manager Martin Walsh said the new restaurants would strengthen an already outstanding retail and catering mix, which has helped to power its success for more than 40 years.

“Location, the right retail mix and access to big brands are what our customers enjoy, and we're delighted to be dramatically increasing our restaurant provision with this outstanding new offer," he said.

Rushmere's sole lettings agent Savills acted on behalf of Rushmere owner Central Craigavon Limited. Lambert Smith Hampton acted for both Nando's and Five Guys.

Savills' Colleen Fox added: “This latest significant investment confirms the attractiveness of this prime shopping centre and underlines its major appeal to a growing consumer base.”

With over 70 stores, Rushmere is one of the north's top retail destinations, attracting over 6.5 million visitors a year. The existing 350,000 sq ft centre and 120,000 sq ft retail park is anchored by Debenhams and Sainsburys. In December, international sport retailer Intersport opened its first new ‘concept' superstore at Rushmere as part of a £350,000 investment, creating 12 jobs.

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