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EXCLUSIVE: Abokado Branches Out

Abokado, the leading healthy eating chain, announced its 29th site near Canary Wharf.

The latest store is in the Harbour Exchange development near Canary Wharf and opened its doors on Wednesday 8th February.

Mark Lilley, director, said “For years, our loyal customers have been pleading with us to open an Abokado in or around Canary Wharf. These are customers who’ve grown up with Abokado and whose office has moved or are simply health conscious Londoners who’ve heard great things about what we do. Well, finally we’ve arrived!”

“This is another stunning addition to our estate. We have an awesome team who are super keen to start welcoming legions of future fans through our doors. Our last two openings, at Blackfriars and Angel both set respective all-time sales records for Abokado. We look forward to a similar reception to our newest baby. In the words of Trump, it’s going to be great! Just great!”

Lilley said that the opening was received 'unbelievably well' and was the brand's busiest ever opening. Customers lined up to order its popular Chicken katsu hot pot, among other Abokado signature offerings.

"We thankfully have a business model that works across many different types of location and demographic," Lilley said.

Abokado is looking towards opening four to eight new stores throughout the year all across the country. The brand is shifting from its established West End and city-style locations to new locations such as Harbour Exchange.

"[We look at] availability of sites principally – we’ll take the best shops we can. But the common theme across all of our store openings has been a decent level of office density – that’s our bread and butter (or salmon and avocado!) after all," Lilley said.

Harbour Exchange is a well-established, high quality office development with more than 900,000 square feet of office space, let to a wide range of high quality tenants.

Abokado has taken a lease on a former Lloyds Bank. This latest addition to the Abokado family carries the striking and widely applauded new interior design, which was launched last year.
This will be Abokado’s 29th site with further openings planned for 2017.
 

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