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Nandos and Five Guys to open in Craigavon next week, creating 100 jobs

Barak Obama’s favourite burger chain Five Guys and Afro-Portuguese inspired chicken chain Nando’s will officially open their two new restaurants at Rushmere Shopping Centre in Craigavon next week, promising an exciting new hospitality experience for thousands of visitors. Part of a £2 million investment by Rushmere, the two restaurants, which have a combined space of more than 7,000 sq. ft., will create more than 100 local jobs. The new restaurant additions will enhance the centre’s longstanding appeal as a top retail destination. Five Guys will officially open its doors to the public on Monday 1st October at 11am, followed by an official opening by Nando’s on Wednesday 3rd October at 12 noon. Pictured outside the two restaurants ahead of the openings next week are Rushmere Shopping Centre manager Martin Walsh and Colleen Fox of Savills which acted on behalf of Rushmere’s owner Central Craigavon Limited.

TWO global restaurant chains are to open in Craigavon next week as part of a combined £2 million investment.

US burger restaurant Five Guys and Afro-Portuguese inspired chicken chain, Nandos will open at Rushmere Shopping Centre, creating over 100 local jobs.

Part of a £2m investment by Rushmere, the two restaurants, which have a combined space of more than 7,000 sq ft will further enhance the centre's longstanding appeal as a retail destination.

Five Guys will officially open its doors to the public on Monday, October 1 and will offer seating for up to 100 people. It will be the chain's second restaurant in Northern Ireland after Belfast's Victoria Square. Last week the company announced details of its third restaurant in the north to be located at Boucher Square in Belfast. The 3,000 sq ft store is due to open later this year and create up to 60 jobs.

Nandos will open a 120-seater restaurant in Rushmere on Wednesday, October 3 at 12 noon and is creating 40 full and part-time posts as part of the venture.

Rushmere centre manager, Martin Walsh expressed his delight at securing the new tenants.

“Location, the right retail mix and access to big brands in both food and retail are what our customers demand, so we're delighted to deliver on our promise to bring the biggest and the best of those to Rushmere," 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 said securing the two global restaurant brands represents a "real coup" for the centre and the wider region.

"With established credentials and a strong, growing customer base, both Nando's and Five Guys complement Rushmere's attractiveness as a major regional visitor destination," she added.

Rushmere Shopping Centre attracts more than five million visitors a year and is one of is one of the north's largest retail destinations, incorporating more than 65 shopping and restaurant brands including Dunnes, Debenhams, TK Maxx, H&M, Top Shop, Costa, Starbucks and Sainsbury's.

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