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FOOD SERVICES | Staff Reporter, UK

The QSR bucking the trend with plans for structural and store growth

The healthy food chain sees opportunities in the market as other competitors downsize their estates.

Gearing towards growth, the brand has recently announced new appointments and expressed it targets to further expand its senior roles in 2018.

London’s leading healthy eating chain Abokado buck the trend of rising costs and Brexit as it appoints Kara Alderin, former head of operations at London's independent pub operator Fuller’s, as the company’s new operations director. She replaces Richard Zivkovic who, following three years with Abokado, is leaving to pursue other interests. The company has also recently appointed Stuart Macnab-Grieve, formerly of Wildwood Restaurants, as an operations manager and has invested further within the operations function by creating two new roles including a brand standards executive.

These appointments signal the plan to launch a total of 4 to 6 restaurants in 2018, as shared by the chain. These openings will be situated in London, a typical and tried tested model for the brand.

Abokado CEO Mark Lilley said, “Further senior hires are planned for 2018, as we look to take advantage of a weak trading and property environment and gear up for growth.”

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