A South Asian street restaurant franchise based in Leicester has revealed plans to open 156 locations by 2023 and create 3,600 jobs.
Chaiiwala, which currently operates 32 sites across the country and employs 800 people, said growing demand for delivery services during the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed his plans forward.
The company added that a total of 40 locations are expected to be open before the end of the year.
Franchise Manager Nil Naik said, “As a Southeast Asian street food supplier with a Western fusion, our food and drink offering resonates well with desi and ethnic customers and our plans for it. expansion are centered on our goal of reaching a wider audience.
“By opening larger stores in new locations, we are confident the brand will achieve greater reach and help more customers experience what we believe to be the best chaii in the UK.
“Since the pandemic, we have increased our delivery options on all third-party platforms such as Deliveroo, Uber Eats and Just Eat, and this has increased our take-out sales by 10% – with take-out now accounting for over 80% of our sales.
“We couldn’t have achieved this success without our franchise growth partners who live and breathe the brand.
“The first Chaiiwala locations will open in Canada in early 2021 and we plan to expand into South Africa, Europe and the Gulf.
“In total, we have sold 189 locations in total and will open 52 stores per year over the next three years, employing 1,200 additional people per year until 2023.”