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Boojum to open new Derry outlet, creating 30 jobs

Boojum is set to open a new Derry outlet in the new year, creating 30 jobs
Gareth McKeown

MEXICAN fast-food chain, Boojum has announced it will open a new Derry restaurant, creating 30 jobs.

Boojum has confirmed it will open its 18th outlet on the island of Ireland on the corner of Strand Road and Clarendon Street in the new year following a reported £400,000 investment.

The new 52-seater restaurant will be housed at the combined former sites of the old Sandwich Company and Pier 59 Bar and Grill.

A company spokesperson said the new Derry outlet is a result of "huge demand" and numerous requests for the burrito bar from local people.

"We’re buzzin’ to serve up our famous burritos, bowls, tacos and more to the north west and are sure our famous Boojum Addict t-shirts will be a regular sight on the streets of Derry in no time."

"Boojum Derry is a milestone moment for us, not only is it our 18th store, it also marks the arrival of Boojum in our 6th city on the island of Ireland, " they said.

Speaking to the Derry Journal, Nuala McMenamin, Boojum head of marketing, said they are excited to open the new outlet.

“This site strategically sits between the college and university campuses and the city centre on a key arterial route with a great corner profile.

"We are hopeful this is the best site for us and cannot wait to see what the people of Derry think of the new store.”

Founded in Belfast in 2007, Boojum has five outlets in the city, in addition to nine in Dublin as well as sites in Galway, Cork and Limerick. Looking ahead the company is targeting the British market for further expansion.

Boojum managing director, David Maxwell acquired the business in 2015 and in three years has overseen a period of significant growth, with staff numbers now totalling 600.

Earlier this year Mr Maxwell was nominated alongside four other prominent business figures from the north for the top prize at the prestigious EY Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

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