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Belfast pizza chain opens fifth outlet in the city, creating 20 jobs

The Pizza Co has opened a fifth outlet in Belfast on the Newtownards Road. Pictured are owners Martin and David Conlon, who also own and operate The Chip Co chain.
Gareth McKeown

A BELFAST independent pizza chain has opened its fifth outlet in the city, creating 20 jobs.

THE Pizza Co has invested £150,000 in a new Newtownards Road premises, the brand's first in east Belfast and has confirmed it has plans to export the brand outside the city.

The fast food chain, owned by JDM Group, already operates stores in Botanic, Finaghy, Stewartstown and Glengormley.

The new store opening comes less than a year after JDM Group, which also owns The Chip Co brand, announced a £600,000 investment across the two businesses.

JDM Group director and co-owner of The Pizza Co, Martin Conlon said they are delighted to expand the popular brand in the city.

"We’ve had a lot of requests to open in east Belfast and we’re pleased to meet that demand. It’s a great milestone for us as we now have an outlet in every part of the city," he said.

 

"As a locally owned company, we’re passionate about the food we offer and the ingredients we use, and where possible we source fresh, local ingredients for our pizza toppings, cheese and sauce. We have an excellent team of talented chefs who even make the dough fresh every day.”

Belfast brothers, David and Martin Conlon opened their first fast food outlet in 2009 and a decade on operate nine across the city, with plans for further expansion in the near future.

The Pizza Co co-owner, David Conlon added:

“The opening of The Pizza Co Newtownards Road represents the completion of the first phase of our expansion plan which has seen the creation of 60 new jobs across three new stores in eight months. We are currently in the process of securing a number of new locations outside of Belfast which we look forward to announcing in the coming months as part of the second phase in our growth programme.”

The new store opening comes as independent ice cream and coffee shop Al Gelato prepares to open its second outlet in the city on the Upper Newtownards Road.

Al Gelato, which opened on the Ormeau Road in 2017, will open its new store in the coming days.

Speaking to The Irish News in April owner, Alistair Macaulay hinted at possible further expansion in the city and the rest of Northern Ireland.

"We'll see what happens, it will depend on what happens with Brexit. We'll see how far we can take it," he said.

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