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Nando's finally confirm plans to open in Burton

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 14, 2014

By Rob Smyth

NEW ADDITION . . . after many denials, Nando's has finally admitted it is moving in to the old Chicago Rock building in Middleway Park.

NEW ADDITION . . . after many denials, Nando's has finally admitted it is moving in to the old Chicago Rock building in Middleway Park.

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PEOPLE will soon be going piri piri chicken crazy as it was finally confirmed that popular eatery Nando's was heading to Burton.

After months of speculation and constant denials from the firm, company bosses finally bowed to pressure from the Mail and the public to confirm that it was set to open a restaurant in the town next spring.

The eatery will set up home in the former Chicago Rock Cafe, in Middleway Park, after plans were revealed last month in the Mail to split the disused building in two and create twin restaurant units.

A spokesman for Nando's said: "We're delighted to announce our plans to open a restaurant in Burton.

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"See you in spring next year."

However, the firm could not yet confirm how many jobs the new venture would bring to the town.

The cat was finally let out of the bag when, after denying they were moving on several occasions, the firm posted job adverts for roles at the new Burton venture on its own website.

One of the adverts was for a new general manager at the site who could be in line to earn between £25,000 and £40,000.

Mail reader Matt Crivelli posted on Twitter: "That's great news! You will be swamped with customers judging by the demand I hear in the town."

The site has been empty since Chicago Rock closed its doors suddenly in December 2010.

Barton Wilmore, acting on behalf of asset manager for Middleway Park, F & C Reit, are behind plans that is currently seeing a raft of work taking place at the site.

The proposals for the site include:

• A new frontage including new glazing and entrances to facilitate the subdivision of the unit;

• An external seating area proposed for each unit;

The firm also said that the plans will allow for an influx of new jobs in the area, as well as the refurbishment of a disused building.

It is estimated around 35 new roles could be created by the development when the work has been completed.

If plans go ahead to operate the venue as two separate restaurants, it has not been announced what the other part of site will be contain.

The plans will no doubt boost trade in an area of the town which currently only has one eatery – Frankie & Benny's.

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  • Gothamite  |  August 19 2014, 8:12AM

    @PointingWest. That's really interesting, I wasn't aware of Nandos halal policy. I won't be eating there for that reason, thanks for the information.

  • PointingWest  |  August 18 2014, 4:46PM

    I'm looking forward to not having to trek over to Derby specifically to indulge in my taste for peri-peri chicken! Gothamite, the old halal red herring! Have you had a look at their halal policy? Nando's have halal only restaurants where the chicken is ethically slaughtered and some of its non-halal shops still occasionally get supplied with halal chicken. With Burton's demographics i'd be very surprised if this restaurant is not a halal one. Something about the creeping halal fear I've noticed is kebabs and curries are never a source of concern. Why is this? Nando's policy here http://tinyurl.com/cjzpkp2

  • Gothamite  |  August 17 2014, 1:08PM

    Burton needs this Nandos, there are not enough quality chicken outlets. There is KFC but that is a different place entirely. Nandos is licenced for a start so is a bit more adult oriented. Also most of the other chicken outlets sell halal products, which can be a source of contention for many.

  • ianpage123  |  August 17 2014, 12:02PM

    Hi Andy I believe we are getting a few small startup coming to Burton very soon, like YoLo food company slogan Eat Clean Stay Lean, also a Noodle Bar coming. There are also other small eatery like Helen Bakehouse & Tea.

  • Ian789  |  August 14 2014, 9:12PM

    Burton is too saturated with places to eat

  • AndyBettridge  |  August 14 2014, 5:03PM

    I know most people my age will be delighted by this and it is good for Burton that such a big name wants to come to the town. However I'd like to see a bit more diversity and more needs to be done to get more small and medium businesses started up in the town. You look around the town centre and it's just full of all the usual big players. That's great (to an extent) but I want Burton to have a bit of individuality and be something a little different from others. If we don't, we just become a clone of the next town. We need to give people a reason to visit Burton.

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  • Gothamite  |  August 14 2014, 10:47AM

    Pressure from the Mail"? Hardly. As you pointed out there was obvious clues on the Nando's website!!!!

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  • gh1978  |  August 14 2014, 7:38AM

    What does the Burton Mail class as an 'eatery' ? There are plenty of places (of varying qualities) to eat in Burton - and not just pubs.

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