Chicken restaurant chain Nando's have reported a very positive 2011 as the company's operations in the UK and Ireland netted a profit of £52.9 million (€65.3 million).
The chain saw a total turnover of £374 million (€462 million) in the twelve months to February this year, which represents an increase of £31.5 million (€39.2 million) on the previous year.
The company's operations in Ireland now include seven outlets in Dublin, Cork and Belfast; with the restaurants proving increasingly popular since their entry into the Irish market in 2008.
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Two further outlets in Blanchardstown and Liffey Valley in County Dublin are scheduled to open before the end of 2012, creating 100 new jobs. Nando's currently employ more than 380 people in Ireland.
Commenting on the recruitment process for the new restaurants, Nando's Ireland managing director Alan Snyman said that the company had been impressed with the standard of applications it had received and remarked that the latest expansion for the chain demonstrated its commitment to the Irish market.
“[This] demonstrates our commitment to Ireland and represents good news for Nando's and the local communities we serve.”