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Scots expansion for burrito bar

BGF News 10.10.2016

Barburrito has opened its sixth Scottish site, with number seven to follow next month.

Barburrito has opened its newest outlet at 55 Forrest Road, Edinburgh in premises formerly occupied by Starbucks.

The property of more than 2,500 sq ft has been fitted out with Barburrito’s latest high quality, cool interior, with branding emphasising its fresh produce and dishes prepared daily on the premises.

Forrest Road is located opposite the 19 acre Quartermile development that is home to a number of high profile offices and luxury apartments as well as in close proximity to Edinburgh University and The Meadows.

Barburrito now has 18 burrito restaurants nationwide with a plan to reach 25 sites in the next 18 months.

Jim Bishop, Property Director at Barburrito commented: “This location is ideal to serve our customer base with a good mix of students, office workers and local residents.  The fit out of the building has been challenging and exciting and we have managed to create 70 covers in a really special environment”.

Founder and CEO, Morgan Davies added: “This latest opening cements our place as the leading burrito bar operator in Scotland.  Having grown up near Edinburgh, I am personally excited to be selling our burritos on home turf.  As the UK’s first burrito bar chain we are now proud to be operating 18 restaurants across nine major cities”.

Following the opening in Edinburgh, Barburrito will be taking their fast-casual Mexican food to Aberdeen with a new store opening in Hammerson’s Union Square development.

The new Edinburgh has recruited 16 new members of staff and Aberdeen will be appointing 20 team members.  The company now employs 90 people in Scotland.

Jim added: “The Aberdeen outlet will have 46 covers in the shopping centre and is ideally positioned on the first floor to provide local office workers, shoppers and cinema-goers fast, healthy food in a vibrant environment”.

Last year, BGF helped fund the acquisition of Pinto Mexican Kitchen in Scotland and has provided funding for Barburrito’s growth over the past five years.