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LEON ramps up expansion goals, eyes 50 new sites this year

The move is expected to create 1,000 jobs and 4,000 over the next three years.

Off the back of strong trading, LEON said it is increasing its number of openings this year from 20 to 50.

The move is expected to create 1,000 jobs and 4,000 over the next three years.

Upcoming openings will include traditional restaurants, drive-thrus, Leon To Go coffee outlets and smaller restaurants on petrol forecourts and at Asda supermarkets.

Expansion will focus on regional growth with the healthy fast food chain set to open in Scotland and Wales for the first time early next year.

Outside of the UK, it is looking to debut in the Netherlands, with the first site due to launch in Honswijk, which followed by a further 10 openings in advance of wider European expansion.

LEON’s growth will be accompanied by investment in technology such as digital kiosks and menu screens.

"For the first time we will be taking Leon across the country, driving regional growth at speed. The new formats in this rollout will build on our traditional restaurants and form a base for further growth,” managing director Glen Edwards said.

LEON was acquired by EG Group, the petrol station forecourt operator controlled by the billionaire Issa brothers, last April.

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