Apache Pizza has announced plans to open a new outlet in Ballymoney, creating 15 jobs.
The fast food chain, which currently operates 30 stores across Northern Ireland, recently identified Antrim as one of three target counties around the island of Ireland, where it plans to expand its presence.
It comes as Apache Pizza opened its 200th location on the island in Longford town on Tuesday, its 16th new store this year.
Set up in Dublin in 1996, Apache has grown into the island’s biggest pizza chain.
The opening of the new Longford outlet also saw the company pass another milestone, taking its workforce to 3,000.
“We are expanding rapidly across the island of Ireland as demand for our tasty pizzas continues to grow,” said Apache Pizza’s chief executive, Martin Lyons.
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“We are on track to open 19 new stores for 2023 bringing our total to 203 stores.
“This level of growth underlines our position as Ireland’s largest and fastest growing pizza chain.
“Apache Pizza is an incredible Irish success story," he continued. "We opened our first store in Balbriggan in 1996.
"Today, we have 200 stores and employ 3,000 people in communities all over the island of Ireland. We are exceptionally proud of what we have achieved.
"Our continued growth and expansion is down to being local to homes, businesses, schools and universities and our ‘we love extra’ way of doing things, offering generous toppings, dips, ingredients, flavour and value to our customers,” said Mr. Lyons.