Warrington welcomes second Nando’s
Hospitality juggernaut Nando’s has launched a second Warrington restaurant at the JunctionNINE Retail Park. Open since the end of June 2017, the new site is the latest addition to the brand’s UK portfolio that now stands at over 350 sites.
The stunning new restaurant will seat around 132 people and has created 40 new jobs for the local area. Jonathan Mazfari, Regional Marketing Director said:
“We can’t wait to welcome locals to our brand new restaurant to enjoy some tasty PERi-PERi chicken.”
The fit out of Nando’s Warrington was carried out by HCM Interiors. Jason Beedle from HCM Interiors said:
“Our relationship with Nando’s is going from strength to strength and this was another project I was really looking forward to being part of. Having looked closely at the design I knew this would stand out to be another great project. The designs they produce vary from location to location, making each very interesting. We are proud to continue our association with Nando’s.”
Despite the definitive imprint Nando’s has made on the casual dining chain industry in Britain, individuality can be found in the within in design of each restaurant. Unlike like many of its rivals who have implemented store wide concepts, Nando’s wants its restaurant designs to reflect something unique yet be recognisable to the brand. A number of these restaurants have gone on to win design awards and significant industry praise.
Today, there are over 350 Nando’s restaurants in the UK, but the chain’s story starts long before the first UK restaurants opened in the West London suburb of Ealing.
According to Nando’s “It’s a story of discovery, passion and ambition. It’s an evolving story too, so while we always look back on where we’ve come from with pride, it’s where we’re going next that really gets us excited.”
Nando’s specialises in chicken dishes with lemon and herb, mango and lime, medium, hot, extra hot or extra extra hot peri-peri marinades (properly known as Galinha à Africana). In some countries, Nando’s has other flavour options, such as Mediterranean.
Peri-Peri is the heart and soul of Nando’s. For centuries the people of Southeast Africa have used Peri-Peri to bring fire to their food. It is in Mozambique’s rich soil and blistering sunshine that the African Bird’s Eye Chilli grows into its fiery best.
When Portuguese explorers arrived there, they were enchanted by its flavour. They added a squeeze of lemon and a kick of garlic and turned Peri-Peri into a very well-travelled spice.
Nando’s restaurant was founded in 1987 in the Johannesburg suburb Rosettenville when Portuguese-born audio engineer Fernando Duarte took his entrepreneur friend Robert Brozin to a Portuguese takeaway called Chickenland for a meal.
After trying the chicken – cooked in peri peri, a chilli sauce originating in Mozambique – they bought the restaurant for about 80,000 Rand (equivalent of about £25,000 at the time). They renamed the restaurant Nando’s, after Duarte.
JunctionNINE Retail Park is a newly developed and renamed development with one of the longest retail park frontages in the UK. In addition to Nando’s, the development is home to a variety of other tenants including Home Bargains, Currys, Dreams, Mothercare, Pizza Hut and KFC. With excellent transport links and a large catchment area, Nando’s Warrington is ideally placed to take advantage of heavy footfall traffic.
This is the second Nando’s Warrington site to open and is a sign of the popularity of the in the area. Open for a little over a month it has already proved to be a hit, particularly on social media.