Fast casual operator Nando’s has plans for '20-plus' openings in the coming year, following the 15 restaurants it launched in 2009.
Managing director David Niven acknowledged that the UK faced a long, slow haul out of recession but said it would be business as usual at Nando’s, explaining that trading in the past year had 'held up remarkably'.
Currently, Nando’s operates 243 sites in the UK but Niven believes it can grow to at least 450 restaurants. “Our challenge in the next five years is to find the extra 200,” he said.
Recently, Nando’s was named as the best big company to work for in the annual Sunday Times poll, beating institutions such as Goldman Sachs, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Boots and American Express.
An in-depth interview with David Niven appears in the April issue of Restaurant, published on 31 March.